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Leisure Seizure

Leisure Seizure

1 Jan 2011
4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 6 Jun. 2011
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 47:24
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  • ASIN: B0050V6T36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,614 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Format: Audio CD
Score: 9/10

On first listen this album can pass you buy, but given repeated spins it really starts to unveil it's creativity, craft and downright cleverness. Many who are familiar with his debut 'We Have Sound' will need to show some patience to appreciate this album as Tom has spent the time away developing his sound, creating more complex melodies and bizarre sounds (like on 'Aroused' - one of my current favourites).

The music can appear lazy and has a certain languid quality - evident on the first single 'A Chore'. It took me about 5 listens to really 'get' this album, but it's worth the effort.

Tom's voice has been critisized by some music journos, but Tom Vek is not about a voice - it's an attitude, a type of music that can accompany everyday life like few others. This makes listening to the slower tracks like 'Hold Your Hand', 'We Do Nothing' 'Seizemic' on Leisure Seizure more and more pleasurable, and that's a rare quality. Tom's second album shows far more depth than his debut, which at times, sounded musically amateurish like on 'A Word In Your Ear', but there are no such moments here, even though some tracks don't feel as tight as others - but then we don't want overproduced, do we? The album cleverly picks up the pace on 'Someone Loves You', a track that needs to be played loud for maximum pleasure. A more claustrophobic feel continues on 'Close Mic'ed'. Some of the tracks really mix up styles, such as 'You Need To Work Your Heart Out' and 'A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.' which helps to keep your ears open when listening to the album in it's entirety.

This is an understated masterpiece that is actually too clever and cool for even the cool kids. A contender for album of the year.
Unmissable.
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It's been six long years since Tom Vek's unforgettable debut album, and fans from all over the world have expressed their appreciation by proclaiming with addict's dismay, "where am I gonna get my next fix?!". Well it's finally here, and it was worth the wait!

Some critics have dismissed 'Leisure Seizure' as being too similar to the first album. As well as being untrue, this is by no means a reason to cast it aside. 'We Have Sound' was a sublime record and my only hope for Vek's current release was that it would be even half as good! Fortunately for me, it has exceeded all expectation; It's not easy for me to admit, but I believe this new album is on a par with the first, an achievement in itself!

Not only has Tom Vek reached the same giddy heights of musical perfection as before, he's done it with a new direction and significant intrigue. The album still has the same hooks from Vek's idiosyncratic vocal style and intricate melange of instruments and synthetic sounds, but it's bolder, more contemplated in places, and leaves a new and not unpleasant taste in the mouth. There appears to be more experimentation with the electronic samples, and if you'd told me that prior to my first listen I may have been disappointed, but it works, it really works! The way the sounds, instruments, and vocal parts all interweave; from one moment to the next, complimenting, clashing and building up layers, tells of an extremely thoughtful approach...

Where has Tom Vek been for the past 6 years? Well he's clearly been in the studio!!!
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The first album, 'We Have Sound', was a ground-breaking and barely-known treasure when it was released. I consider it a secret that I've shared successfully with many people, even receiving thanks years later for having shared it.

With 'We Have Sound' having influenced several artists in the years that followed it, it was always going to be tough to repeat the feat. For me, so this has proved.

Lyrically, I find 'Pleasure Seizure' weak. But then, 'We Have Sound' didn't gain its reputation for being a lyrical masterpiece, it was about Tom putting together a complete package of song writing, production style, almost-lazy-but-very-cool vocal style, blend of influences, use of instruments and the funky, aggressive end-product. Even though these ingredients are still present, 'Pleasure Seizure' just doesn't hit the same heights, although 'A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.' and 'Seizure' would have been worthy additions to 'We Have Sound'.

If 'Pleasure Seizure' has done one thing for me, that is putting 'We Have Sound' back on my stereo, loud, with me dancing around, punching the air that it decorates so well, so many years later... 'I can see your eyes from here, but I can't see anything in-between...'
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Something of the LCD Soundsystem about it, but without the arrogance. Some fantastic beats coupled with a REAL vocal - warts 'n' all. Love it.
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