- Audio CD (23 Feb. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Full Time Hobby
- ASIN: B0029358CQ
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The Texan trio return with album number three in an already burgeoning career.
White Denim have become remarkably beloved and respected given they have only been present on shop shelves for just over a year.
Having toured and self-released what would eventually become their debut album Workout Holiday as an EP in their native US, the band ventured forth with the combined powers of RCRD LBL in the States and Full Time Hobby in Europe. Cannily recognising the difference in demand, the band gave lucky home fans their second album Exposion last year, while we're treated to the first look at their third, Fits.
Writing the White Denim way begins with jamming, which they've found so productive that they had 50 tracks to pick from when compiling the tracklist for Workout Holiday. But unlike so many bands who overwrite, they're spot on when it comes to deciding what fits the final cut.
And so while Fits is as charismatically erratic and changeable as the debut, it still feels fluid and uncluttered. Radio Milk How Can You Stand It references jazz influences with saxophone parts in an essentially post-punk song.
Say What You Want and Mirrored And Reverse blend Eastern sounds with classic rock tempos, and Sex Prayer boasts hints of ska and woodwind embellishment.
Josh Block's drumming throughout is phenomenal, but particularly on Just The Way You Are, demonstrating fervour and restraint, pace and softness simultaneously.
On single I Start To Run you can hear brief traces of what lead one critic to suggest the band could be the next Kings Of Leon, although the two sit at extreme ends of the creative spectrum. Success and autonomy, accessibility and creativity. All in a day's work for White Denim. --Keira Burgess
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Top customer reviews
An initial listen may seem chaotic and ramshackle, but on repeated listens this albums shows many gems.
Like the Minutemen playing Hendrix tracks for the new Millennia, White Denim take the punk ethos that anything goes and melds it with fine musicianship. Highly Recommended (and check them out live if you can).
We all need a little madness once in a while to keep us on our toes.
White Denim certainly provide more than a little on their new album 'Fits'.
Eclectic, as a description, doesn't quite do this collection of 12 pieces justice.
There is a raw coherence in this music.
Messrs Petralli (Vocals/Guitar), Terebeki (Bass) and Block (Drums) cook
up a rich rhythmic stew which for the most part follows its own rules.
Echoes of Hendrix, Beefheart and Zappa permeate the intra-cellular
structure of these fine compositions. Head music. Heart music too.
There is so much good energy bursting out of these boys that the
recording can barely contain it. Heck its all good !
'All Consolation' with its disembodied vocals and cataclysmic ensemble playing
will put cracks in your ceiling if played at the intended (ie : LOUD) volume.
'Say What You Want' is a riot. The central riff and Mr Petralli's rasping
performance transport us back to a kind of late sixties hippie heaven,
complete with sitar-like guitar interlude. I almost cried with nostalgic joy!
The blistering scat of 'El Hard Attack DCWYW' is as good a piece of rock
overload as you are likely to hear this year.
The whole band performs like a dream team in 'I Start To Run'.
It feels like it could ride off the rails at any moment but skill, trust and
chemistry keep the raucous proceedings travelling in a straight line.
Things lighten up a little with 'Paint Yourself'. The delightful shuffling beat and
loose-limbed vocal performance are perhaps the album's true highlight.
The dark strands of final track 'Sync' weave in and out of consciousness
like an uncomfortable dream from which we cannot easily wake.
The final bars, however, drag us upward towards an rousing conclusion.
Powerful, unpredictable and idiosyncratically performed rock of the highest calibre.
I can't stop playing it and I don't really want to.
White Denim mash up so much influence, inspiration, genres and styles in "Fits' that it sounds like you've experienced a lifetimes worth of work by the time the album reaches its 30 odd minute conclusion. Such is the pace and intensity of the album (particularly during the early songs) that the brilliance of this record may not sink in upon the first listen, but give it a few more play throughs and everything begins to make sense; the wild unexpected twists of "Radio Milk How Can You Stand It", the seductive groove of "Sex Prayer" (which could easily pass off as a Doors backing track) and the light and gorgeous "Regina Holding Hands" are just some of the albums highlights.
I have no idea what the band are singing about on "Fits", it sometimes breaks down into a few yelps and wails and there's even a bit of spanish in there, but when it sounds this good, who cares? Singer James Patrelli uses his vocals as just another instrument; just another texture in the magnificent White Denim sound.