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3.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be big in 2009 - but try before you buy, 3 Feb 2009
This review is from: Walking On A Dream (Audio CD)
I bought this album last year on import after being captivated by the video for "walking on a dream" and so have been listening to it for a couple of months now. I think Empire of the Sun will be to 2009 what MGMT were to 2008. This quirky Australian duo draw from a wide template of influences, mainly pop, electronic, and 80s soft-rock. They are already on many people's radar due to placing 4th in the BBCs "Sound of 2009", along with their spectacular concept videos for "Walking on a dream" and "We are the people" doing the rounds on internet. They are bound to be the darlings of the hipster music magazines and I predict that the aforementioned singles will be the sound-track to this summer. However, like MGMT, while the album has a handful of absolute top-drawer potential singles (the latter two, plus "Half Mast" and "Standing on the shore"), which will probably be the catchiest thing you will here all year, overall I would say the album is of patchy quality. "Country" is a nice chilled out instrumental, and "Swordfish Hotkiss night" raises the bar slightly again with its take on Prince styled funk, but there really is nothing else on offer of the quality of the first 4 tracks. My recommendation is to download the first 4 songs, but make sure you check out the rest prior to purchasing. Empire of the Sun are sure to be huge in 2009, and as artists with a fantastic vision, art direction, and potential mega hit singles they deserve it, but the album just isn't the world beater I was hoping for.

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Initial post: 19 Feb 2009 14:55:46 GMT
Couldn't agree more. Sleepy Jackson's (Luke Steele's previous band) albums all had the same problem. A handful of brilliantly catchy tracks then some really really average ones. Has grown on me after quite a few listens but quite an average album as a whole

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2009 11:35:32 BDT
Thanks, Paul. The album has grown on me more too. In fact, I should've given the album a 4 star review, as it shows up as a "critical" review on Amazon and I didn't intend to be so harsh. It really is a great album, just quite top loaded with hits.

Posted on 31 Jan 2010 17:33:44 GMT
M. Dolphin says:
DAN!
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