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This review is from: Leisure Seizure (Audio CD)
The first album, 'We Have Sound', was a ground-breaking and barely-known treasure when it was released. I consider it a secret that I've shared successfully with many people, even receiving thanks years later for having shared it.
With 'We Have Sound' having influenced several artists in the years that followed it, it was always going to be tough to repeat the feat. For me, so this has proved.
Lyrically, I find 'Pleasure Seizure' weak. But then, 'We Have Sound' didn't gain its reputation for being a lyrical masterpiece, it was about Tom putting together a complete package of song writing, production style, almost-lazy-but-very-cool vocal style, blend of influences, use of instruments and the funky, aggressive end-product. Even though these ingredients are still present, 'Pleasure Seizure' just doesn't hit the same heights, although 'A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.' and 'Seizure' would have been worthy additions to 'We Have Sound'.
If 'Pleasure Seizure' has done one thing for me, that is putting 'We Have Sound' back on my stereo, loud, with me dancing around, punching the air that it decorates so well, so many years later... 'I can see your eyes from here, but I can't see anything in-between...'
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2011 08:56:35 BDT
Hi Polly on film, think I have to disagree with you. Leisure Seizure is different from We Have Sound which I think is a good thing. If he had just churned out WHS again after a 5 year gap it would have been disappointing. I think the songs are strong for today. It's sounds different to the other stuff out just now. I like the fact that he is kind of like Bob Dylan, not a great voice but it just seems to gel! I have to agree though it means I have been digging out WHS and live stuff too and it's refreshing! Keeping enjoying both albums. Muso :)
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