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Welcome back to the early 80s recession et al
on 3 February 2009
Whilst this album may be an excellent debut album, which it is, but so was the Editors debut on a very similar tack. On the face of it, it is great that Joy Division is remembered by imitation as it is the greatest form of compliment but we need new not copies. It is perhaps a comment on our "back catalogue" society that everything has to be "like something else". We don't embrace the new, perhaps we have done everything there is to do in music, perhaps every genre of music has been invented and that there is nowhere to go, Metal has definitely hit a dead end, but then again some bloke in 1910 said that everything that was going to be invented had been invented. If everything has been done before then so I am afraid has this album.
It also sounds like they don't mean it, being actually more like Duran Duran than Joy Division, despite the insincerely delivered doomladed lyrics. You will notice a good measure of Duranesque riffs in the music along with a few Cocteau Twins moments.
Maybe this album is a cynical attempt to recapture the essence of the winter of discontent, the real hardships of socialist derived national poverty in a bid to sell product. Maybe I am completely wrong and this is a piece of original masterful artistry, maybe we need to be reminded of the past maybe we need to have this type of music to express our national debt.
Of course they are not like Joy Divison, they can't be.
So in conclusion a good debut album, well done boys, great sounds, but please spare us the Joy Div similarites or imagery.
If you want deep dolor, doom on gloom go to the original product or get into 16 horsepower for a cajun equivalent, where it is real.