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Another band that decided to change their sound after a great first album.,
This review is from: Imperium (Audio CD)
I only discovered Blouse about 6 months ago, and was really pleased with their debut album. The classic keyboard sounds were wonderful to hear in modern day music, as many bands are realizing. But now I'm just ticked off. I was about to click the 'Buy' button on this CD when I read info that the band made a conscious effort not to use ANY keyboards this time. What?? Because of that revelation I decided to spend some time sampling the entire album... and was highly disappointed. How boring! The band that once reminded me of the classic early 80's band The Passions now sounds like just another faceless dream pop band. Sure, it's fine background music if you happen to be floating in the air, but there's no hooks anywhere. Why Blouse decided to sabotage themselves by distancing from the sound that brought them to the attention of their fanbase seems pretty foolish.
The careful placement of the attractive keyboard parts on the first album was a huge amount of the band's appeal and personality. You're not going to find anything here as catchy or memorable as 'Time Travel', or as cool and experimental as 'Videotapes'. In fact, there's not much upbeat about any of the songs. Blouse managed to strip out the main characteristics that made them stand out from other wistful bands that can be classed as modern dream pop. Well, now they're just a blur in amongst the others. Stupid move, and it ensured I didn't buy this new bore of an album, and that Blouse are now off my radar. Like a number of other recent bands who had a great debut only to stink on their next album, (Austra and Two Door Cinema Club, for example), Blouse have decided to turn their back on what originally made them appealing. Good luck with that. Thanks for at least one good album.