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Our Earthly Pleasures
Our Earthly Pleasures
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmmmm, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Our Earthly Pleasures (Audio CD)
Ill cut to the chase. This album is not as good as their debut. Heres why:
This album is very obviously a maximo park album, and lyrically Paul has really advanced himself, using the same brand of off-kilter observations on relationships.
Unfortunately, the music side of things is less successful. They seem to have made the classic second album that is "more" than the first, rather than "better". This means "more" instruments playing at the same time, rather than "better" music.It means "more" ideas trying to be expressed in a song, rather than a "better" idea. It means "more" production (ie more fiddling with the sound at rhe mixing desk) rather than "better" production.
In short, maximo have done exactly the same as bloc party (weekend in the city), feeder (comfort in sound), oasis (be here now) and a host other rock pop and indie bands, making their sound a bit more MOR and a bit less spiky, overdriven indie. Now this does pay off on a couple of songs on "our earthly pleasures". "books from boxes" and "our velocity" both really improve with the new sound, and certainly the former is better than anything on a certain trigger.
Unfortunately, on the whole it means that the songs are robbed of the cutting, spikey sounds of the first album which made them catchier and, quite frankly, made them rock harder. Case in point is "a fortnites time". There is a cracking guitar part in the intro, really good. But its buried beneath a plinky-plonky synth line that totally smothers the song and stops it in its tracks.
So, in essence, this is fairly standard second indie album fare. There is good music and good ideas in this album, but they are pushed into the background so that the band can be the next stadium-filling coldplay or snow patrol.

Which is a shame. Watch maximo park drift into the middle of the road...

A Weekend in the City
A Weekend in the City
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Because Kele is a vampire, sucking the life out of me, 8 Feb. 2007
This review is from: A Weekend in the City (Audio CD)
Oh dear. Oh dear Oh dear. Oh dear Oh dear Oh dear. Kele Okereke, self styled "poet of our generation" has produced an incredibly moving, and ultimately personal album. And that,unfortunately, is the Achilles heel of what could easily have been the best album of 2007. But it isn't. Because, while Okereke wanted to make an admirably serious lyrical point, he forgot halfway through to make an album that was musically interesting to listen to. Don't get me wrong, the first half of this album is great, mixing up great dance-punk riffs (Hunting for witches) and heart-wrenchingly beautiful odes (Waiting for the 7.18). Kele even manages to fuse this schizophrenic beast that is Bloc Party into a single awesome song (Best they've ever done) Uniform. But after said masterpiece, it all goes rather downhill. Instead of contrasting the two brilliant halves the Bloc Party psyche, he gives us a desolate (though undeniably moving)song. Then another. Then another. Then another. Then another. Then another. Then another. Then the album finishes. I managed to stay focused on the first two. Avid fans may be able to stick out the first four. If they reeeeeeeeally try you might still be with Kele until the end. But you would have to have considerably more than the patience of a saint. Cutting to the chase, all the songs from track six SOUND IDENTICAL. Not similar.Not repitions on a theme. Identical. Now identical isn't bad if the songs are engaging. Theyre not. They are the slow-paced, guitarless, (basically boring) numbers that could (theoretically)sound good in between two upbeat songs. Before, even when they wanted a slow song, they put interesting guitar lines, and a real sense of pathos in each one. Now, in an effort to appear more synthetic ( in line with the subject material), they just sound BORING. Maybe its just me, maybe im not drawn in to Kele's bleakly gorgeous lyrical landscape like I should be. But I'm not.This complete disappearance of fully half of the Bloc Party sound (angular indie anthem) after halftime is infuriating, and really diminished from the album as a whole. A Weekend In The City is supposed to reflect the drudgery of living in East London. I think he does it rather well...

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Posh promise indeed, 25 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Leni (Audio CD)
Watch these guys. Very closely. In just three tracks, these guys distill a perfect trio of indie-make-happy-feel-nice-hyphen-colon-pop. Granted, there are literally hundreds of upper class delinquents peddling a similar mix of keyboards and ligthly distorted guitars, and to be honest, there are a lot of bands that are just as good (better in certain opinions)as these boys. BUT. There IS something special here. Its just little giveaways, such as the so-catchy-you'll-be-singing-when-your-dead chorus of The Butcher, and the great start-stop-start bit halfway through Leni. Its just these lil flashes of private school brilliance that push them a designer-tousled hairstyle above the rest. So, buy this, then in 6 months you can be the irritating so-and-so who can boast to have been into chart-topping myspace sensation "before they were cool" Hmmmmm, I feel I've been here before, with a certain bunch of chilly chimpanzees...

Young For Eternity
Young For Eternity
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!, 5 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Young For Eternity (Audio CD)
This album is not sophisticated. It is not clever. It is not a biting social comment. But I tell you what. IT ROCKS.

This is a great throwback album to a time when rock was, well, fun. The songs are simply written, no complicated guitar lines or expressive use of synth. But bloody hell are they awesome. The sheer energy of this band shines through, with huge riffs (in an indie kinda way) and shout along chorus. Almost every song (even the few acoustic numbers) are full of energy and emotion. The last song i heard that was so shout along was Song 2 by Blur. If your fed up with bands who play three notes at a time, and drawls a load of bollocks pretending its ironic ("Oh, so its SUPPOSED to sound like gibberish")then buy this album and be young for eternity

Then And Now (1964-2004)
Then And Now (1964-2004)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, But Buy The Ultimate Collection Instead, 19 April 2006
Don't get me wrong, this is a great who compilation. Brilliant tracklisting, but with a few obvious omissions: Acid Queen (Understandable) and Anywhere Anyhow (Start wondering...) and Baba Oriley( OH.MY.GOD).

Now, my point. The Ultimate Collection (also available from amazon) has loads more tracks (double CD)and costs about the same. So, if your going to buy a who compilation, buy that nit this. Simple.

Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better and better, 26 July 2005
This album has been stuck in my cd player for about three months and I absolutley love it. It cements the musical changes that were hinted at in Comfort in Sound, a slowing down and maturing of the sort of rawer bubblegum rock of Buck Rogers and Just a Day. There are a few teething troubles, that prevent five stars. A few of the tracks tend to overlap on ideas, musically and lyrically, so the album can fade into the background. It can also be a bit too grown up for its own good, with not enough rock to wake it up fro-m its middle-aged naval gazing. Nonetheless, the ideas are great, Feeder are getting better with each record

1) Feeling a Moment: Great album opener, with a truly awesome intro. Makes you feel like the world is slightly better afterwards 9/10

2)Bitter Glass: Doesn't do anything for me especially, A nice song, nothing more. 6/10

3)Tumble and Fall: The first single. Great mid-paced song (the type that you feel Grant could write even if he were dead), and really catchy. You'll find your self singing along on the third play-through 8/10

4)Tender: Great softer song, typical of Feeders new found maturity. Brilliant for chilling out, and the chorus is simply breath-taking 8/10

5) Pushing The Senses: Best song on the album, and a perfect marriage between maturity and pure rawk! Thumping drums and bass. Intro has to be heard to be believed. 9.5/10

6) Frequency: A much starker sound than normal, but all the better for it. Nothing much to recommend it as a standout, but a breath of fresh air 7/10

7) Morning Life: A great song that links up with the euphoria of Feeling a Moment, but slower. Great for chilling 8/10

8) Pilgrim Soul : Old habits die hard, as old-skool Feeder shines through. Breaks up the slower songs, and a kick ass song to boot. 8/10

9) Pain On Pain : Too soft for its own good, unfortunately doesn't compare to others on the album. Still a good song, but not as good as some 6/10

10)Dove Grey Sands: Rubbish name, good song. Great acoustic hooks, that provide the final dose of pure chillout 8/10

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