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This one's about monster munch,
By A Customer
This review is from: See This Through And Leave (Audio CD)
While every journo and his dog has been pre-occupying themselves purchasing their Strokes shirts and licking anything that's red & white, these guys have been sneaking through the shadows readying musical moves most magical. Innovation, revelation, non-duplication, aviation, train station. This album has been a long time coming, and it sounds like it's gonna explode at any moment. Don't cut the red & white wires.
Album starts with live set opener Did You Miss Me. Bassy, mean, fuelled by something I suspect to be twisted, this one is magical before just breaking into dirty shrapnel shouty screaming mentalist. Its superb. Jumps straight into Film Maker which picks up the baton in fine style, maintaining the pace & possibly even cheating. Panzer Attack is unrelenting evil genius, a perfect warm up for Who Needs Enemies' bluesy paranoia. Live favourite Amber represents the change in direction for the record, like a dip of the shoulder and is quite fantastic. Digital Observations throws a white sheet out over the album, cutting two eye holes and scaring pants off small children and old people. Not a bad thing, distinctly slower paced, yet epic in a muted sense. Lets Kill Music would grab you by the balls if they played it as fast as they tend to live, but this always sounds a little down beat on record to me. Tom's Aphex Twin-ish 555 number grows, but your eyebrow may well raise at its inclusion over, well, everything they left out. Been Training Dogs is bouncy in a most violent fashion, and The Lake (first song they wrote together) would be an ideal album closer if it werent for: Murder Song. Very very good indeed. Brooding, dark, emotionally stained, just absolutely superb. And as the album closes at such frigtheningly high altitude you'll wonder whether you just listened to two seperate LPs or just the one. Almost like it has two seperate personalities, but in a good way, not a Me Myself & Irene way. Phew!
The bonus disk makes it all the better, with Devil Walks & Way Out West being arguably two of their best songs, and I'll Still Write a really high quality B-Side. Seeing as the Coopers always sound better live, the inclusion of a few live tracks can only be seen as a very very cool McBonus.
So overall, this is a great album, combining the best of so many genres without ever sounding anything other than completely original. So far over-looked by the music press, this album will surely arrive in the style of a brick through the window. Strokes schmokes, you know you want this album.