- Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Island
- ASIN: B003EELV1Q
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Drums CD
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The self-titled debut full studio release from American indie-pop outfit The Drums follows their critically acclaimed EP Summertime. Featured on the BBC's Sound Of 2010 list, the band was formed by childhood friends and former bandmates Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. Their unique surf-pop sound is influenced by an unusual mixture of Factory Records-inspired indie with the pop sensibilities and sunny melodies ofthe Beach Boys. "Best Friend" is the first song Pierce and Graham wrote for The Drums and is the first single to be taken from the album.
It isn't difficult to fathom how The Drums became the most name-droppable of new bands. New York acts have always travelled well, often making it big in Britain before doing likewise back home, but this savvy quartet also have exquisite timing. As the world self-flagellated over its financial woes last year they released an EP whose standout track featured the memorable refrain, "Oh momma, I wanna go surfing / oh momma, I don't care about nothing". Well, even a one-legged recluse could relate to that.
Let's Go Surfing–written on the day of Obama's inauguration, hence the optimism–makes a welcome return on their eponymous debut LP, and while the rest of the record isn't quite so extravagantly escapist, it's still a welcome espresso-rush of hooks and harmonies, with a healthy dose of lyrical darkness thrown in to ease the digestion.
Follow-up single Best Friend kicks us off, a sort of tragic human take on the story of Greyfriars Bobby (loyal mutt awaits return of dead master, spawns range of attractive commemorative mugs), with frontman Jonathan Pierce in sub-prime Morrissey mode, moping around on the bonnet of his late friend's car. Manchester's influence provides much of the ominous grey that clouds these songs' sunny skies, in fact. Book of Stories and It Will All End in Tears both sport uplifting Phil Spector-like walls of sound, but also trebly Peter Hook basslines and choruses that are actually, on second listen, slightly heartbreaking.
But only slightly. The outlook here is more Love Theme from The Breakfast Club than Love Will Tear Us Apart, and like the finest John Hughes movies, all words are awash with teenage hormones and thus shouldn't be taken too seriously. The Drums are no longer teens, admittedly, but their record skilfully conjures a time long before credit crunches, when the most important thing in the world was your current squeeze.
"You've got to believe me when I say, when I say the word forever," croons Pierce, in the doo-woppy Down by the Water. "And whatever comes your way, we'll still be here together." Of course, they probably won't be. But it's nice to dream, just for a while. --Si Hawkins
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Top Customer Reviews
I thought more tracks from `Summertime!' would be included on this record but only two have made the cut (the excellent `Lets Go Surfing' and `Down By The Water'). How `I Felt Stupid' and `Submarine' didn't make it is a mystery of Lord Lucan proportions but all too often nowadays you've heard half the songs on a band's debut before it comes out so I guess The Drums should be applauded for that. It's just a shame anyone who didn't buy `Summertime!" won't get to hear those songs cos they are both belters.
I have to admit the new tracks (`Me and the Moon', `Skippin Town', `It Will All End In Tears') didn't grab me at first but have rewarded repeated listens now the hooks have revealed themselves. There are more immediate tracks like `Forever and Ever Amen' and `We Tried' but as other reviews have mentioned there is not a huge amount of variety and I do think the quality tails off with the last two tracks. Perhaps that's where `I Felt Stupid' and `Submarine' would have slotted in nicely or any of the remaining tracks on `Summertime!'.
I want to give this record 3.5 stars but Amazon won't let me so it's going to get 3 stars - a solid debut and if you like this band definitely get the `Summertime!' EP - that gets 5 stars !
Their lead singer, Jonathan Pierce has claimed that the band finds importance in "melody, sincerity and truthfulness", but the album's opening track Best Friend is about the fictional death of fellow band-mate Jacob Pierce : "You're my best friend/ but then you died/ when I was 23 and you were 25". And then there's Let's Go Surfing: "Oh, mama/ I wanna go surfing/ Oh, mama/ I don't care about nothing". Especially since the band are admittedly not surfers, to me those lyrics pretty much encompass the kind of "who the hell cares" attitude I like in my indie music, and for the first half of the album at least that quirkiness keeps up the pace, from Best Friend to Forever and Ever Amen, and the melody is definitely there.Read more ›
This isn't an abysmal album, but a bit of variety could have made it leap out more.
Download Let's Go Surfing. Leave the rest.
The Summertime EP is probably a more consistent collection of songs but The Drums full debut is a fine listen. Nothing spectacular but as far as "summer" albums go this is a great listen.
If you hate all things 80s you'll most likely despise this but if you have a few 80s acts in your collection then prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised. All the singles are tremendous tunes and the rest of the album is far from filler.
I had my mind made up after the SUmmertime EP that this would be an album that would be near the top in my favourites from 2010 and I havent been disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CD as a Christmas Present so not really able to comment but had no complaints so rated 5 stars.Published on 8 Jan. 2014 by History Lover
El pedido ha llegado en general bien, todo a su tiempo y en buen estado, ningún problema, gracias. Ciao saludosPublished on 23 April 2013 by leo
This album is amazing, I listen to it all the time it's just fab, buy it ok you need to have it in your lifePublished on 5 April 2012 by Sarah
I really haven't heard an album that made me want to listen to it repeatedly for hours and days on end. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Charlotte
Bought as a bargain elsewhere and now a staple on my MP3 player.
I would'nt say as good as The Cure and music of that era and style but it gives a really big nod in that... Read more
Listen to this album three times and it will stick in your mind for weeks.
A small piece of pop genius.