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TV on the Radio - Dear Science


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TV on the Radio ~ Dear Science

AmazonRough Trade - Emusic

Sigh. The more I listen to this album, the less I like it. It’s not uninspired, boring or anything like that, it’s problem is that it’s just average. Or maybe the problem is that it reminds me of better albums: Twin Cinema by the New Pornographers, Return to the Sea by the Islands or something by Bloc Party, or maybe I’ve listened to so many great albums this year (Sonny J, Bon Iver, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, etc) that my expectations were too high.
I think I read in a review that this work isn’t catchy enough to make them mtv cool (U2, etc), and it’s not quirky enough to make them indie idols… from this definition some could say that this is their strength (uniqueness), but I’d rather say they’re just mediocre (I haven’t listened to any of their other albums though).
Tracks I like: Halfway Home, Crying, Golden Age, DLZ, Shout Me Out (this last one is my most favourite).

Here are two albums that I prefer and that are (or maybe aren’t) similar to TV on the Radio’s Dear Science: Electrelane’s No Shouts, No Calls; and Pete and the Pirate’s Little Death.

Electrelane ~ No Shouts, No Calls


Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

I don’t think I’ve told many about my love for this album. I found out about it sometime towards the end of last year and I even considered it as my album of 2007. Even though these women sound a bit too amateurish at times and the tracks might be a bit to samey for some, I reckon they still manage to keep things interesting throughout the whole album.
This was released sometime last year, so with some luck you could find it in the bargain bin of your local record shop.

To the east
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJZa77-ayPs
This should have been the opening track of the album. I think this is a good introduction to what’s to come later since the rest of the songs are pretty much the same. If you don’t instantly get hooked then don’t bother listening to the rest of the album.

Five
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFpFvZ5kKnI
(listen to the music, don’t pay attention to the horrid video)
Instrumental. At times it seems like it’ll never ever end, but that’s not too bad since the guitar is hypnotising especially combined with the organ as in here. The football stadium chants in the background are weird and feel out of place, but don’t bother me too much.

Cut and Run
I find it amusing that my most favourite track in the album is the track that doesn’t fit with the rest. I really love the banjo in here, and the lyrics are perfect to sing along; finally, as some of you know sad songs get extra points in Fernando’s scale.

Pete and the Pirates ~ Little Death

Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

I got this about a week ago, so I haven’t spent much time with; however, upon first impression I can tell that it’s good. My most favourite instrument here is the guitar. The album is very surf-ey in some parts. The tracks I like the most are the following: Knots, Mr. Understanding (best track), Bright Lights, Moving (second best). I apologise for not writing about them in detail, but since I recently got this I still need time to get a better feel of the overall album.
I’d love to see these people playing live.

bric-à-brac

Max Richter ~ 24 Postcards in Full Colour

Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

Apparently this started as a project where the author composed music to be used as ringtones. At first I didn’t think I’d use any of these as a ringtone, but then I realised I’m the man in between reading the FT and the Economist, and eating a whole ice cream in one bite; therefore, maybe having this as ringtone along with wakey wakey rise and shine tells a lot about who I am. Btw, I like this album, but sometimes wish the tracks were longer (about 5-6 mins would be good).

Future
Next album of the month will be either Pete and the Pirates ~ Little Death, Turning Down Water for Air by James Yuill, the self titled album by Eugene McGuinness, or Alegranza by El Guincho (unless I find something better).

Psalm 42:9-11
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