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  • Audio CD (7 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00138GCGE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Tapes 'N Tapes ~ Walk It Off

BBC Review

The newest offering by Tapes 'n Tapes, the off-centre foursome from Minneapolis, offers little except slight concern that your speakers might be on the way out. But don't rush down to Dixons just yet. Second albums are never easy, but it's difficult to believe that Walk It Off is by the same band who released the innovative, abstract, and gritty debut album, The Loon in 2005. The need to double check becomes overwhelming. Laurel resting after such an enviable start was acceptable up to the point of the re-release of the album in 2006 by its current label XL Recordings. But maybe the bar was set too high. With Dave Fridmann, the bassist of Mercury Rev - who previously worked with Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah! and Mogwai - producing it should have been in the bag. Unfortunately that's just what it sounds like.

With the all-consuming, anxious wails of vocalist Josh Grier, with on-the-edge drum beats and loose, mismatched insanity; Tapes 'n Tapes were the obvious heirs of Pavement and the Pixies. Charismatic, with retro gutter appeal, the band's allure seemed irresistible. On Walk It Off there are still moments of pure pleasure but you only get one bite of the apple rather than the whole fruit. It starts badly: The first two tracks passing so forgettably it's hard to know if the album did actually start. What's On TV tonight? Then, gasping for breath, Hang Them All unapologetically blasts through with the spirit of previous work unleashed, and a chill runs down the spine, triggered by dark urges and unholy organ noise. Demon Apple demonstrates a new level of prowess in the band, with lingering, desperate chaos, giving the feeling you've lost your head or been transported back to a '60s love-in as a drug addled Jim Morrison writhes on stage. Ending on an up note, the last track, The Dirty Dirty, throws out another lifeline with messy continuous beats that will resound long after after the noise has gone.

But it's too little, too late. Take from this album what you can, Walk It Off? More like sleep it off... --Jessica Braham

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Just recently I've got to a point in my life where I crave new experience. Fed up with listening to the same albums AGAIN and AGAIN, I decided it was time for a gamble. So off I went to the Bargain section of the Alternative category of Amazon for a trawl. Long story short, after much experimentation with others based on cool covers or awesome names that frequently disappointed when it came to coming up with the goods, I stumbled upon these guys.

Okay, enough background- let's cut to the chase. Don't be put off by the hipsterish cover, this band are anything but pretenders. I think the best description is Garage Folk Rock, since it's by equal turns 60s and 70s, and dare I say it 00s. The opener is forgettable, but forget that- for every yawn tune (I estimate there are about 3 here) there are two good ones. Unprejudiced as I am by not having heard the debut everyone is going on about here first, I am perhaps your most unbiased reviewer. Despite the filler/killer ratio being about 1 in 3 (quite high for a second album), there's nothing overtly horrible here so I am giving this album 3.5 stars. Since I can't I've chosen 3. I also think this is an album for headphones.

The tracks are actually split into two sides on the cover design like it was vinyl, and I have to say I much prefer 'Side 2': Demon Apple's Monterey-style freak-out; Blunt's driving psych-rock; George Michael's flat-out weirdness; the solemn but sweet Lines and finally the anger-rock of The Dirty Dirty. But what I can't believe no one else here has noticed is Anvil- for me easily the tune of the album. Musically, it's somewhere between Midlake and Picaresque-era Decemberists. Absolutely beautiful.
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There is a reason that these fellows are Pitchfork darlings and it is due to their entirely alternative, jittery and literate line of indie classics. As the other review mentions, on a first listen, this album seems to pale in comparison to 2006's excellent Americana-laced, lo-fi and skittish indie masterpiece The Loon. However, repeated listens allow a carefully crafted album of similar material to develop, and the catchier numbers such as 'Conquest and 'Le Ruse' cement themselves as heavy rotators for singing along to absent mindedly.

What it does lack is one killer tune, such as the Harvard Square name-checking 'Insistor' from The Loon, and may be a touch too long so pay due hommage to the adage of leaving the listener wanting more, but as an ensemble it sure hits the mark, and makes for an album as compelling as that debut. File under chin-stroking and knowing-glances.
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On first listen this follow-up to 2006's Americana-drenched midnight classic, 'The Loon', the songs rather pass you by, except pumping lead off single 'Hang them all'. For me, a sign of an exciting album, as after several listens you become hooked by the evolved songwriting of Josh Grier, and songs like the brilliant 'Conquest and 'Le Ruse' jump out at you.

Its a real step-up from their lo-fi debut, and a bolder and more widescreen effort, but still has the ragged charm of ace tunes ala 'Omaha', 'Manitoba' and 'The Illiad'. 'Say back something' and my favourite, 'Time of Songs' are T 'n T at their melodic best.

As compelling as their debut, with the best closing track of the noughties in 'The Dirty Dirty'. Essential listening.
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I like tapes'n tapes, I knew them through spotify and 'Conquest' was the first song i listened and fell in love with. I downloaded the album and gave it a few plays and then decided to buy it.
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HASH(0x970a4a14) out of 5 stars I was late to the party 18 April 2008
By Brian Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a hipster. Indie rock is becoming the next big cliche in my humble opinion (think:alternative, early 1990's)
With that said , I did not listen to The Loon,(yet!) although hipper friends than me tried to turn me on to it.
I do know this- Walk it Off is one of the strongest and most exciting records I have heard in some time. The first track burst through my car speakers and I was instantly hooked. I knew that I had something here beyond the endless piles of the "next new band" that seem to come and go on an almost weekly basis.

There are a number of great tracks although for me Say Back Something, The Ruse ,and Headshock are standouts.

I have not seen many comments on this but the drum work is out of this world, driving and timely without overpowering.

To sum it up, if you like the idea of the Pixies making a love child with The Arcade Fire while David Bowie peeks in the window then you are weird. And you will probably like this record.
HASH(0x96d5fa68) out of 5 stars Tapes 'n Tapes - Walk It Off 10 Aug. 2008
By Rudolph Klapper - Published on Amazon.com
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Tapes `n Tapes were one of the first bands, along with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, to be lifted out of obscurity to critical acclaim and indie fame by influential blogs such as Pitchfork Media, a trend that has only increased with the advent of such ultra-hyped bands like Vampire Weekend. Such hype has led to the accusation that bands like Tapes `n Tapes lack the kind of talent to maintain any sort of long-term career: Walk It Off tries desperately to dispel that notion, but only halfway succeeds.

The songs on this latest record are more easily categorized under indie rock than the grab bag of styles that marked 2006's The Loon, and while this increased focus benefits the overall flow of the album, some of the songs tend to sound too similar.

The funky guitar line and fixed bass on "Hang Them All" imparts a sense of urgency that characterizes Walk It Off, as if the band is desperately trying to tell someone that they matter. Singer Josh Grier's warbly vocals will either be a turn off or a pleasure depending on the listener, although on songs such as "Headshock" they make the song.

Aside from the middle of the record, which is highlighted by the tango-ish tune "Conquest" and the relaxed vibe of "Say Back Something," most of Walk It Off suffers from the Strokes Syndrome, or sounding remarkably the same throughout much of the record, that has afflicted too many guitar-rock bands in recent memory.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97032dbc) out of 5 stars a step forward isn't always in the right direction 11 April 2008
By Kenyon J. Weidle - Published on Amazon.com
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"Walk It Off" is the second LP by Minneapolis band Tapes `n Tapes. While it shares many of the quirky guitar hooks that made "The Loon" so successful, it is clear that the band is trying to move forward. The opening song, "Le Rus," features guitar riffs that are louder and fuzzier than anything to date. This trend is also apparent in "Blunt" and "The Dirty Dirty." When this loudness is juxtaposed to the somber, dragging tone of a couple late album tracks, their much loved quirkiness just doesn't seem as charming. The effect is a record that sounds like it was made by a tired band laboring too hard to move forward.

This isn't to say that it's a bad album. "Conquest" is as great a song as they've made. And the background buzzing, beeps, and synth scattered throughout the record garnish those great hooks. It's a good album, just not as exciting and fresh as "The Loon."
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d69f30) out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SECOND RECORD 8 April 2008
By Matthew Bialer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am one of those people that loved THE LOON. I think this record is just as good, if not better. It is more mature and confident. The sounds are more diverse. They are not reiventing rock n roll. It is just good, catchy music. I would say that I already love two thirds of the songs. I know that there is backlash going on. And the backlashers act like they loved THE LOON all along. Well, I don't believe most of them. I think most of the people that truly dug The Loon will dig this one too.
HASH(0x96e96174) out of 5 stars You people are nuts! 6 July 2011
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What the H is wrong with you people? This album is a nearly seamless transition from Tapes n Tapes' nearly perfect "the loon" album. Not quite radio friendly (but close) like the loon, but c'mon guys, these are amazingly good guitar-driven pop songs. Walk It Off opens with a bang (Le Ruse) and stays consistent throughout. I admit, this was the first Tapes record I heard, so there's a bit of a bias here, however I implore level-headed folks to not pay attention to the 3-star reviews. My only complaint with this band is that production on some songs is muddy and sounds like you have blown a speaker (the chorus of Headshock comes to mind), otherwise I'd give this 5 stars.
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