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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - once more, 14 Sept. 2012
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After the return to wonderful pop songs with Xenomania in the form of Yes this is a real downer of an album and i think the title should have been Requiem as it feels like the final curtain for the boys. First track Leaving is a slightly better version of Before. Invisible should be just that - painfully dull. Winner isn't that bad a song and the middle 8th is a good one. Your Early Stuff is musically throw away but lyrically typical Tennant. I really like A Face Like That and reminds me of a Noel Gallagher tune. Tracks 6-8 are just not memorable either lyrically or musically. Give it a go is probably my favourite song on the album and love the motown referencing and a great Tennant love song lyric - should be a single but won't be. Memory of the future has a melancholy melody and similar lyrics. Everything means something is the most interesting musically song on the album and a definite highlight. The closer Requiem in Denim and leopardskin seems rather upbeat from the rest of the album and the lyrics name check Bryan Ferry; Adam Ant and Malcolm Mclaren. Overall disappointing and no Johnny Marr.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2012, 14:24:31 BST
1. Xenomania was ok but Brian Higgins liked "Building a wall" nuff said and its dateable pop.
2. How anyone can call "Invisible" painfully dull I really don't know. If you don't like space to breathe between the beats and atmopshere in your sound, (which you clearly don't if you love Yes, which is kitchen sink et al) then suggesting that just because there is space and atmosphere means its "painfully" dull is quite short sighted, I think.In fact I think its one of the best things they have EVER done, musiscally and atmospherically.
3. Since (and including) Behaviour I have always though there have been two weak tracks on every album. ON "Elysium" I think, at the moment at least, there is only one: "Winner". Although the Braodway/West End sounding "Hold on" is getting there for me.
4. Give it time. Elysium is a grower.

Posted on 14 Sep 2012, 14:51:17 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2012, 14:51:48 BST
"it feels like the final curtain for the boys." - That's just plain rude!

Invisible is outstanding! But of course you're entitled to your opinion no matter how wrong it is. :p

It's interesting how fans tastes vary so much: I was just reading a comment that Give it a go was someone's least favourite on the album. I quite like it. You don't like Breathing space? I think it's the most beautiful song they've done in the last 20 years. Memory of the future isn't melancholy so much as haunting, imo.

Posted on 14 Sep 2012, 20:36:05 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2012, 20:36:39 BST
"it feels like the final curtain for the boys."

Let me warn you that you will be more disappointed because your rude remark is way off the mark as they already have an dancey album up their sleeves to be released, probably, in summer.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012, 20:40:46 BST
Nick Craig says:
Not disappointing at all
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