- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Virgin EMI
- ASIN: B000UZDGB0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Culture Vultures CD
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With Bright Idea, their platinum-selling debut, tucked smugly under their belts, Orson return with their own reassuringly safe sophomore outing, Culture Vultures.
The band reveal to critics on their MySpace page that Bright Idea was a pop joke we all just didn't get. Orson have never made any attempt to be cool, stating that they made a point of sidestepping the indie vibe of The Strokes and White Stripes, in favour of their own brand of sensitive pop. So how are we to believe them when lead singer Jason Pebworth switches camps declaring, 'This time I thought, Let's not leave any doubt that we're a rock band. This is a rock record'? Apparently we've all missed the fact that 'The reality is that we've been a loud, dirty rock band with noisy guitars and heavy drums for eight years now.'
Yes, there are guitars and drums on Culture Vultures, but that doesn't make it a rock record. From the album's opening "Radio", what the band deliver is in fact an accomplished, hook-heavy, guitar-driven set of uplifting pop songs.
Orson find themselves stars in an ageist industry, and, perhaps a little too aware of this, have almost regressed in their song-writing subjects! to the point where they could be handed over to McFly. Reminiscing about when they were 'crazier' on "Radio", it's all about attempting to sound like teenagers sneaking backstage: 'We'd stay out all night to see our favourite band/hanging out backstage was like the holy land'.
Bagging themselves the Best International Breakthrough Award at this years Brits, Orson have moved to the UK and recorded the album in West London's Townhouse Studios with Bright Idea producer, Noah Shain. Such a bond they have with dear old Blighty, they have even dedicated, "Northern Girl" to all the lasses they met whilst on tour in England, spinning the tale of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
In truth, Shain has earned his fee. The producer has obviously been beavering behind the desk to sex up this really quite ordinary album. It's far from the most imaginative work ever, and leaves the personality of Bright Idea unchallenged. But if you liked their debut, you'll like this. Then again, the music world is a fickle one... --Sonja D'Cruze
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Top Customer Reviews
If you liked Bright Idea you will LOVE this album from poppy Aint No Party to the motowny Broken Watch this album is a must for anyone wanting to add to their music collection.Soft rock master pieces that make you want to sing ya heart out. This Northern Girl thinks its Gorgeous .
This will be constantly be played while driving in the car and most always be playing on the ipod and very very loud. Enjoy
Much like their debut "Bright Idea", "Culture Vultures" flatters to deceive, with the lead singles being so much better than the rest of the album. Admittedly, this is a much better album than their debut, but that album didn't really constitute much competition for that title. What's here is nicely crafted indie-pop with a couple of personal highlights, but this isn't an album that could be considered special on its own. Strangely, Orson's lead singer Jason Pebworth wrote a couple of tracks for the latest Sugababes album which, although they wouldn't have suited the band's sound, were far superior to anything here.
Although the overall quality of the album is greater than their debut, listening here I can't help but feel that they peaked with their debut single and haven't been able to live up to it. "Culture Vultures" is 11 tracks and 41 minutes of nothing particularly special and you're better off just downloading the highlights and leaving the album as a whole well alone.
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"Ain't No Party", "Gorgeous", "The Contortionist" and to some extent "Radio" all sound like "No Tomorrow v 2.0". Which isn't all bad - "Ain't No Party" had me hooked from the initial guitar tweaks, and while the other three are all still good fun, you can't help feeling that half of them would have been enough, and maybe Orson could have tried to develop their sound a bit more.
Elsewhere on the album there are some hits and misses. "Little Miss Lost and Found" is a refreshing slice of old-school rock, and the catchy funk of "Cool Cops" works nicely, but "Northern Girl", "Debbie's Gone" and "Where You Are" fell a little bit flat for me.
In all, "Culture Vultures" is worth a buy if you loved "Bright Idea", but for a more casual listener, you're better off looking to download just the one or two tracks and waiting to see what Orson do with their next album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If u like indie and easy going music then this is the album for you. As good as their 1st album - if you haven't got either then buy them - their a must have.Published on 21 Sept. 2009 by Deborah Thomas
I like this album, in many ways more than Bright Idea. The songs are strong and it's all well performed. But the album must drop stars for its sound quality. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2008 by M. Humphreys
I loved Orsons first Album, saw them live and must say i am a die hard fan, but i must admit i was a little disapointed when this one arrived in the post. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2008 by Greggers