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Bland sugary 60s retro pop,
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This review is from: We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors (Audio CD)
Hmmm, yet another album I bought in the new year that disappoints. What's with all these end of year lists raving over music that's mediocre or at best 'quite good'? Okay, so this is just my opinion and perhaps therein lies the problem, however I don't hear anything in this album that goes beyond 'average'.
The songs may be retro (and believe me that's no bad thing in my books), but I feel a better term in this case would be 'derivative'. They sound almost like a cliché of 60's pop and not what 60's pop really sounded like. In short, it sounds uninspired, like a band who didn't do their homework and instead tried to sound like every 60's artist they could think of. The only song that connected with me in any way was 'No Destruction'. The song 'San Francisco' could've been a good one too if it weren't so sugary-sweet. The vocals aren't terrible, but they are far from good. Even the band name 'Foxygen' is cringe-worthy. I mentioned this band in a pub recently and the response I got was "what a rubbish name!" (I tell a lie...they didn't use the word rubbish...)
Rant over, and onto the things I actually liked. Well the musicianship wont win any awards but its pretty good. I admire the band for not adhering to basic song structure, instead they start here - end there. However, (and In fairness to those who love this album) I can't really find anything truly bad about this album. Its also fair to say that I like similar bands that are just as derivative ('Cosmic Rough Riders' or 'The Fast Camels' spring to mind), however, this album for whatever reason might be, doesn't work for me, hence the three stars.