- Audio CD (24 May 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Hassle Records
- ASIN: B003IXAOFW
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With acts like Dananananaykroyd, Throats and Trash Talk around, rock music is in pretty great shape at the moment. Leading the pack in 2010 by a long way, however, are Rolo Tomassi. The Sheffield band's long-awaited second album is a mind-melting mix of furious riffs, demonic howls, haunting synths and pummelled drums, all produced by M.I.A. collaborator and master DJ Diplo.
On paper it shouldn't really work, but this bizarre pairing in fact reaps many rewards. Spooky-sounding electronics herald the opening of Cosmology, but it's not long before chugging metal guitars and Eva Spence's trademark growls and shrieks rip through the Crystal Castles-esque intro and the meeting of two distinctly separate worlds makes for a spine-tingling, unholy matrimony of sound. And from then on it just gets weirder and weirder as tracks stop and start and flit from free jazz breakdowns to danceable electro and sections of proggy noodling.
Throughout, it is the interplay between James and Eva Spence's vocals and drummer Edward Dutton's mesmerising performance which impress here the most, and turns what could be a sporadic bunch of musical experiments into a perfectly cohesive body of work. The bouncing, elastic bassline-driven Party Wounds is an early favourite, but it's the final four tracks (Kasia, Sakia, Tongue-in-Chic and Cosmology) that elevate this record into must-hear status and mark Rolo Tomassi as among the most talented innovators in rock. Pretty acoustic guitars feature alongside soaring keyboards and there's even the odd pop punk scream-along, all building gradually to a luscious, anthemic climax with Eva crooning ever so sweetly.
So by the time Cosmology comes to a close it's like the Sheffield quintet has morphed into a completely different band. Compare the last offering to the brutal, eardrum-battering attack music that makes up the rest of the record and you wouldn't believe it could be done. It's an astounding progression–almost as if they develop and mature while we listen. There's nothing more thrilling than witnessing these youngsters at work as they master one genre, mess with it and then explore another one entirely, to winning effect. --Camilla Pia
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Top Customer Reviews
Everyone, including myself, sounds utterly pretentious by trying to avoid pigeon-holing and shoving every genre into a sandwich like that, but while many bands just meld two genres (jazz and metal, punk and electronica) but also stick firmly to one sort of style with bits of another for dressing/contrast, RT really do blend it all quite well.
Cosmology takes off from Hysterics and while I can't believe this is fully applicable, they slow it down a bit. Slow it down is not quite right as there are a few stupendously fast cuts, riffs and stop/starts.. but this album seems more considerate and some might even suggest that they've 'grown up'.
Being Grown Up in musical terms means that you've stopped the childlike battering ram approach and polished yourself: it suggests you're musical taste has expanded and therefore you've added that taste to your own.
In Rolo Tomassi's case they were already a band who sounded like they had a wide pallet of colours and shades, with many frames of reference. In Cosmology they refine their style, separate their influences a little bit in places and meld it a bit more in others.
Many magazine reviews for this album say that they lead the pack of this 'genre' but I think while for now they're amongst a pack of an umbrella genre, eventually they'll lead a different pack of bands aping this high-skill genre blending musicianship and style.
I think the band have finally found a way to sew the elements together without it sounding too disjointed.
Anyway, this is a superb album from beginning to end, a massive move forward from the brilliantly eclectic and crazy 'Hysterics'.
Please buy this album you will love it, if massive guitars, shredded vocals, huge drums and a dollop of synths is your bag!!
New album out soon too....
There is no better band in the UK at the moment.
From the intro track to the outro track, this release from Rolo Tomassi sends the listener through euphoric soundscapes, textured guitar work and both beautifully operatic and blood pumpingly gritty vocal styles.
Personal favourites include the technical French Motel, the lead single Party Wounds and the title track Cosmology itself.
cant fault it although the cover is card which can wear away quicker. dilivery was quick and had no problems