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Album of the year so far!!!,
This review is from: Bows + Arrows (Audio CD)
I was first introduced to this band after seeing the video for their single "The Rat" on MTV2. After picking my jaw off the floor, I immediately rushed out to buy the album on the strength of that song alone. After listening to "The Rat" over 50 times now, I am struggling to pick a song in history that is better than it. It is certainly the song of the decade thus far.
As for the rest of the album, if you are buying this expecting the whole album to sound like "The Rat" then you may end up being a little disappointed. The majority of the album, like their debut, consists of slow, moody, atmospheric songs. Only on the second single "Little House Of Savages" do we get anything that resembles the tempo of "The Rat". However the rest of the album although different to the singles, is equally as fantastic. The mixture of guitars with the organs is something quite unique, and helps to give the album the moody atmosphere that is it's key. Some of the songs almost resemble something that Sigur Ros would release, only with English vocals instead.
This album will take at least 10 listens to "get". Once you give it 10 listens though you will see that this album is quite stunning. Their mood and intensity almost reminds of Joy Division. Something that I think only fellow New Yorkers Interpol have been able to recreate in recent years. For once this is a band who live up to the hype, and the album lives up to the hype equally as well. Forget the hype that surrounds New York's other band The Strokes. Unlike their album, this is it!
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2009 05:33:29 BDT
C. Nichol says:
That's about a 9 on the tension scale there, Rube.
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