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Soundtrack for Saturday night into Sunday morning
on 24 March 2003
Anyone for folk-pop techno? Don't all rush at once.
This is one of the most original albums of 2002, but is far too clever for it's own good. "Vulnerabilia" is the work of two Manchester scallies who look old enough to know better. Repeat listens may be required to get your head around this records sonic direction, which is at first baffling. This is what might happen if The Doves and Air formed a supergroup with The Happy Mondays...with The Prodigy producing. An inspired shambles, totally schizo in structure. Scattershot soundscapes for the morning after, one toke over the line. Songs about broken love, broken minds, everything broken but bad habits. Theres a lot of paranoia and angst in these tracks, interspersed with a distillation of modern dance sounds, and it has a fragmented, almost psychedelic feel.
Sometimes when listening to "Vulnerabilia", you can't help but think these boys have too many fingers in too many pies to tempt us with something distinctive, but when they play it straight, as on the lovely ambient swoon of "No More Dealing", it can't be knocked. But please lads-cut out the vocoder next time, its not clever and just makes you sound like Cher, and thats going to impress no-one.