- Audio CD (6 July 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Republic of Music
- ASIN: B0024RIA40
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Sheffield duo Slow Club shun romantic notions: they formed at school. Simple. They use random objects including chairs as percussion because random objects sometimes make a good sound. Also simple.
Simplicity is something Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor clearly aren't afraid of: the backbone of their debut album is a range of uncomplicated ideas executed brilliantly and brazenly by a band of two. A layer of witty and often nonsensical lyrics, and improvised percussive embellishments add the differentiation. Lo and behold, Yeah So is immediately more than one could expect given its authors' unhelpful Nu-Folk tag.
Slow Club landed themselves the generic millstone through associations with the likes of Laura Marling and Tilly and the Wall, but the variety on offer here spans rockabilly on It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful, garage during Giving Up On Love and even a bit of shoegaze with the aptly titled I Was Unconscious, So It Was A Dream.
Watson displays an adaptable attitude to his guitar, and so while Come On Youth is tremulous and climatic, the gentle picking on Trophy Room is evocative of the late summer scene mentioned in its lyrics.
Lyrical content is a key characteristic: single Because We're Dead makes little sense and refers to talking mice, while the second part of closer Our Most Brilliant Friends boasts the geniously comic line, ''The bones inside my shins are crumbling/ It's from all the crunking I've been doing''. Not often does a song offer the dual selling points of brilliant tune (which starts sounding something like an acoustic version of Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark) and a reason to have a satisfying belly laugh.
Cynics might see them as impossibly twee, but with their perceptive humour and self-awareness Slow Club prove they're not all surface and definitely not so silly. --Keira Burgess
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i think this is an album im going to enjoy for a long while. highly recommended. dont be put off by reviews calling it twee, its as deep and punkrock as it is twee in its own sweet way
`Giving Up On Love' see Slow Club plug in the acoustic and introduces the merest touch of garage-rock to comparatively rousing effect, and when `I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream' breaks, it does so with a shoegaze-like drone. Even Radiohead's considered and wilfully artistic piano-driven plodder `Morning Bell' from the Amnesiac album is brought to mind on `There Is No Good Way To Say I'm Leaving You'.
However, it is on the fourth track when Slow Club start to become most at ease entering Rilo Kiley country, in both its senses, to showcase a wildly infectious and simple pop-folk number to recall Emmy The Great's commendable work earlier this year. This alt-country feels is reprised on the enviably finger-plucked `Trophy Room' made entirely their own with a generous serving of original percussion.
A harsh review could say that whilst their preceding EP was excellent, newer tracks either recall those verbatim, or are less substantial in comparison. This shows in that Yeah, So's highlight still comes from that EP. That said, `Dance `Til The Morning Light' would be a credit to any singer-songwriter, a poignant and truthful track charting the ever-popular and inspirational love and loss. It would be a harsh review indeed then to cite indifference towards Yeah, So, despite that title's apparent push in that direction.
Seeing these two live at the Fence Collective away game led to the purchase of this. They're great live and in the studio, strong vocals, perfect harmonies and their sound is both fresh and interesting (excuse the contrived expressions). Like a bastardised pop version of the White Stripes without the blues overtones. Besides the highly enjoyable melodic party that this album is, its also important in that its a powerful reminder that Britian can still produce top quality indie pop. Full marks to moshi moshi for singing these two. No one else sounds like them. Buy it now, listen and enjoy. If you don't like it then give it to someone else who will, ie everyone else.
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This is a brilliant album. I've been playing it non stop. Can't wait for their new album in August.Published 12 months ago by tinkerbell
I think this album is awesome! It was better than i expected and has been on repeat for about a month now! It is Poppy, indie, heartfelt and completely enjoyable!Published on 21 Nov. 2010 by Taylor
I've never reviewed anything after purchasing online before but felt compelled to following the first listen of this album. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2010 by Mr. S. Young
I bought this after my daughter gave this band a rave review for their live performance. I found this rather uninspiring and my daughter was disappointed, so even memories of the... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2009 by Paul
We stumbled on a Slow Club gig in York and I'm so glad we did - if you haven't seen them live then for goodness sake get yourself to a gig as soon as you can! Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2009 by Amazon Customer