on 3 February 2014
This is great stuff - Ms Le Bon continues to grow and get better while somehow retaining that clatter bang noise. It’s probably been said before but there is a big nod to Nico in her voice shot through with her strong Welsh accent. However, the vocal melodies bring to mind none other than Syd Barrett so we are on strong 60's underground reference points already. Add to that echoes of Lou Reed's clanging VU rhythm guitar and stabs of John Cale electric organ to make that mix headier and headier. However, this is not a nostalgic trip down psychedelic way. Cate Le Bon's lyrics go nowhere near Reeds dirty NYC streets, Nico's devastation or Syd's sad whimsy. Her lyrics seem to deal with being a woman in the now; they are strong, independent, clever and funny. And in every way, work alongside the music. So, if you are paused over the 'buy' button, press it!! You won’t be disappointed.
on 11 November 2013
I have played Me Oh My, Cyrk and the Cyrk II EP a lot over the last year or so, and even though
all these releases are somewhat uneven, they hold a solid number of brilliant songs that I keep
playing; "Me Oh My", "Sad Sad Feet", "Shoeing The Bones", "Falcon Eyed", "Puts Me To Work", "Cyrk",
"What Is Worse", "The Eiggy Sea" and "That Moon".
The first two songs that was made available from "Mug Museum", the supersweet, flickering "Are You
With Me Now?" and the sad and elegant "I Think I Knew", raised my expectations for the album sky high,
and after listening to it for three days it's still these two songs that stand out the most.
The first half of the album is very good, and in addition to the aforementioned songs, you'll find a few
other great ones, the Stereolab-sounding groove of "I Can't Help You" and the slowburning "No God".
Much have been made about the high notes at the end of "Duke", and a few reviewers even suggested it
ruined an otherwise good song. Oh, did it really? I don't understand what the fuzz is about. A few high
notes at the end, and they go hiding in the grass? Very, very strange behavior.
With the exception of "Sisters", the album loose steam after "I think I knew". There are some nice or
strangely captivating moments on almost every songs, but not enough to hold the weaker songs togheter.
on 28 January 2016
If ever an album mirrored the Arsenal career of Arsene Wenger, this was it.
Cate Le Bon's third release starts brilliantly, falls away badly in the middle, and recovers slightly (but not enough) towards the end.
Using classy retro cover art, Le Bon captures the magic of a vinyl release, and divides the 10 tracks equally between Sides 1 and 2. Given the clear disparity in quality between the tracks on the two sides, this is a blunder.
The five songs that comprise Side 1 are truly excellent; tracks 6 and 7 would be considered filler even on a lesser album, and while tunes 8-10 are a huge improvement on them, they are still disappointing when compared to those on Side 1.
Le Bon's voice is a delight throughout, and the aforementioned artwork is tremendous.
on 7 March 2014
I've listened to this album six times and it gets a little better each time. Don't expect pop music, this is a little strange with odd timing and discordant notes. I like it a lot, her voice is different and interesting and she doesn't use 'autotune', good for her. Reminds me a little of Captain Beefheart and Melt Banana.