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Tender, minimalist and beautiful,
This review is from: Think Tank (Audio CD)
This is not going to appeal to everyone. Most of the songs are in the Out of Time mould - simple, quiet, bordering on the bland, but strangely mystical. It manages to be excellent background music yet also great for simply listening to.
It's not entirely successful. Morrocan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club and Jets feel forced in order to add some upbeat songs (unlike Crazy Beat, which sounds like Song 2 Part 2, and We've Got A File on You, which comes in at just over a minute long and is a perfect embodiment of what a such short song should be: fast, offbeat and exhilarating). The order of the tracks is slightly wrong too: WGAFOY should really have come somewhere in between "Good Song", "On The Way To The Club", Brothers and Sisters and Caravan, which feels dull, as it's too similar to the preceding three tracks without adding anything new. But I can forgive this, if only for the wonderful Good Song and Sweet Song, and the strange and infectious Gene By Gene.
The lyrics are what you'd expect from what is a fairly unusual album. They don't stand out, and fit perfectly with the music, occasionally veering into Radiohead territory (such as "I've got nothing to rely on / I've broken every bone" from the excellent closer, Battery In Your Leg)
A brave and, despite blips, successful album, definitely worth buying.