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Starts off like a hurricane but descends into a series of exasperating squalls,
This review is from: Here Comes The Wind (Audio CD)
How to snatch mediocrity from the jaws of victory . Envelopes -the half Swedish half French band follow up their 2005 debut album "Demons" with an album that's half inspired wonky guitar rock and half tepid party hard experi-mental gonzoid errr rock. An album that kicks off with some terrific Pixies style feral guitar anthems skitters awkwardly into a couple of turgid nonsensical mainly instrumental jams and ramshackle self indulgence. For all this I would recommend hearing Here Comes The Wind but be prepared to hit the skip button.
The album stars well with the skittish guitars of "Party " and the phenomenal vigorous bass of "Freejazz" with it's nonsense lyrics. "Heaven" is like The Pixies "Subbacultcha" sung by the Orchids while the bouncing bass and itchy rhythm guitar of "Smoke In The Desert , Eating The Sand , Hide in The Grass" is like the Young Marble Giants covering Talking Heads. "Life On The Beach" is like Thin White Rope if they had lightened up a bit and by now I was thinking this album could be a classic.
"Boat" , while a heartfelt song about a mothers fear of mortality , is a little too lo-fi at first but works up a terrific sonorous froth . "Put On Hold" though is an awful unfocused mess , "I'd Like To CU" starts with vibrant guitar slashes but becomes fiddly and annoying and "I'm In Love And I Don't Care Who Knows It" revokes the Pastels at their most incoherent . "What's The Deal" is what you may well ask as Audrey Pic struggles vocally over screeching trebly instrumentation. "Seawise" lacks a tune of any note , sounding like a half arsed retread of what has gone before.
While it's commendable to experiment and try disparate styles this album doesn't gel ...the first six songs apart that is. When it loses focus and any identity after "Boats " it just becomes tiresome quite quickly . Which is frustrating after what has gone before but there again I seem to be on my own with this opinion . For me Here Comes The Wind starts off blowing a gale but declines into a series of exasperating squally showers.