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From Leicester to Oxford to the world!,
This review is from: Voices Of Animals And Men (Audio CD)
This album by the 3 piece band who are now based in Oxford and signed to Transgressive Records (the same stable as ladyfuzz and regina spektor and such musical luminaries) have put together an album full of English whit and good music.
I used to work with Oli and House of Lords (so named because "he's big and all all important decisions have to go through him") in HMV in Oxford and know that their musical interests are as varied as this album is impressive.
It's a well crafted record with some amazing songs:
Part Timer -
The album starts with a riff driven, high tempo affair. And sets the tone for much of the album. very much the bread and butter of the band. the lead vocals being taken by Henry (guitar) and with the usual inserts from House, its a good, raucus opening.
The Decision -
the song that made me love the band. with some of the greatest lyrics. "i'm the prince of Wales, i'm the prince of Wales and if all the else fails i am the prince of Wales" is a case in point.
Weekends and Bleak Days (hot summer) -
the latest album released just before this album. It's a great song looking at working through the summer, being fed up of having to and then bunking off. The video for this is excellent - as are all their videos. The song itself is classic indie pop. I really great song with a chorus that will be sung at all the festivals!
In the pink -
It's a slower-paced affair. with a nice plodding beat and a nice tune. for some reason it harks back to 1970's rock to me. it comes across as a little more sinister than the rest.
Mystic Energy -
a great song that would fit into many an indie bands reportoire. With Henry taking the lead again on vocals and a nice swift pace it's a good one. The chorus is one to jump swiftly up and down to!
Here comes the Ruour Mill -
This is possibly my favourite on the album. it features some of the best lyrics. Great building of the song and some nice inserts from House. Again the Chorus is one to seriously rock out to!
Tailors starts off with a beat built out of the sound of scissors and slowly progresses to a super-grass esque friendly tune. As twee as possible the song is sweet with the lyrics "button button button button. needle needle needle needle. cotton cotton cotton cotton." being a favourite of mine!
Half Timer -
This short moment that includes some hilarious lines 'spoken' by house. its more of an interlude in a jazz style. but its another great track.
She's Attracted to -
A great song about meeting the parents. not the film. the ordeal. This song is amazing to see live and translates well to record. "you were screaming at your mum and i was punching your dad" is an awesome lyric! a stand out track!
Dialing Darling -
is my favourite track. the middle section where house starts to speak. using lyrics from a song i cant remember but recognise. its absolutely perfect. i love it.
Another Hollow Line -
A mid paced song that is again packed full of good lyrics.
is a faster paced song with a very strong classical indie feel. less poppy than many other songs.
Loughborough Suicide -
is a song about someone who always tlaks about attempting suicide but will never do it. very wry and whitty lyrics. a great song on the album.
Tremblings of Trails -
The end of the album is anothger great song. a slower paced but equally indie.
Its diffcicult toexpress how well this album works. it hangs together perfectly and is very well produced and well mixed as well. It's an amazing album by a group that will be big in the next few years.
i urge you to buy this. now please!