Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
I love the new sound. Sam's Town brought them a bit off course, but this album compensates brilliantly.
Losing Touch really hits the spot as it comes in, straight in with the first chord, instead of build up, which makes this song so powerful. Then comes the lead single Human, a fantastic pop-sounding song which, despite its nonsensical chorus, "Are we human? Or are we dancer?", still shows the Killers are fantastic.
Spaceman, however, is even better than Human. A story about alien abductions - again, another odd topic, but the music's good - but the powerful chorus really gets to you. Joy Ride is an odd one. It has a sort of Caribbean sound to it (it's not the only one, but the other one works better) and the saxophone sound is unexpected, but after a while, it does turn out to be quite good.
The slow A Dustland Fairytale brings us back to the Sam's Town era (particularly with the lyrics) but it still is a good song. This Is Your Life starts oddly, with some chanting sounds before the bass kicks in, and it just goes uphill from there. I Can't Stay is the other Caribbean sounding song, but it works a lot better.
Following that is Neon Tiger, which should be the third single. It is pure Killers awesomeness. The World We Live In is a real Pet Shop Boys influenced song, and it shows that on this album, you have no idea what the Killers will come up with next. Especially when you consider the closing track. Goodnight, Travel Well is a seven minute song that starts off slow and boring and gets going towards the end, which saves it from being a bad song.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
I loved Because Of The Times, not so much their earlier work, but this new album is truly fantastic. After hearing Sex On Fire, I was hooked. From the slow opener, Closer, to the vocal-led Cold Desert, the album never lets up.
Closer is a rather odd song about vampires, but it's a good opener. The heavy Crawl follows it up, with the powerful guitar part really getting to you. Then comes the best song, Sex On Fire. It sounds so simplistic, yet is so catchy and brilliant. Congratulations to the Kings, they've created a masterpiece.
Use Somebody is equally as brilliant, with Caleb Followill's voice going really high while singing "You know that I could use somebody, someone like you..." and the oh-oh-oh sound afterwards really makes this a great Kings song. The fifth track, Manhattan, sounds quite sad, but every instrument does their job well on this song.
Revelry is a slow song, but is nevertheless brilliant, with Caleb's vocals execelling while singing "dreaming of revelry...." (NB. His vocals are brilliant, they're just even better here.) 17 follows up with a rather sexual story involving Spanish tongues... but still a good song.
Notion is one of my favourites, because its guitar part is really catchy, and again, the singing is great. I Want You is an odd one, and just doesn't seem like it's part of the album. It's nevertheless a good song.
Be Somebody is great, with the bass line really coming through, and changes to a higher pitch for the chorus which is a bit unexpected, which is what makes this song so good. Then the album ends with Cold Desert, a slow vocal-led song which really shines - and just when you think it's over as it fades away, it comes back ten seconds later to finish off again... odd but good.
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
I knew this would be good as soon as I heard The Age Of The Understatement, the wonderful title track which opens this album. Almost every song is good or even better, but other than the fact that one or two don't interest me personally, I cannot think of any bad things to say. Brilliant.
9. The Pigeon Detectives - Emergency
The fantastic Wait For Me, their debut, was released less than a year before this one. All the songs are great Pigeon Detectives songs, but in some places it sounds a bit rushed. Nevertheless, the songs are all excellent. Highlights include This Is An Emergency, Keep On Your Dress, Say It Like You Mean It and the closer Everybody Wants Me.
8. Ladytron - Velocifero
After getting into this band, after hearing their third album, Witching Hour, I was sure that this one would be even better. Although I think that it's not, it's still a brilliant album. Black Cat sets the pace for the album and it never lets up. Ghosts follows it, an incredibly catchy song that made me want to listen again and again. But I think that it's not a huge improvement on Witching Hour, and I would have given that one 8/10. So:
7. Keane - Perfect Symmetry
This album is by far their best. The eighties sound on opening track Spiralling really gets me going, and then great songs such as Better Than This, the beautiful Perfect Symmetry or Black Burning Heart makes this well worth a listen.
6. One Night Only - Started A Fire
Thursday, 25 December 2008
15. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
The first five songs are fantastic, the sixth is average, and I didn't like the last four, but in general, this album is good. Thrown in with the insanely brilliant Time To Pretend, followed up with single-worthy songs Weekend Wars and The Youth, and returning up for the brilliant Electric Feel and my personal favourite (after Time To Pretend), Kids. Then I just found it hard to like the rest.
14. Hadouken! - Music For An Accelerated Culture
I was unsure about this album - but I was pleasantly surprised after a few listens. A really heavy electric album, after a while it gets to you. An interesting new band. The pace never lets up, and every song is good, save for Game Over and What She Did, which are the only ones I didn't really like. But songs such as Liquid Lives and Crank It Up are insane.
13. Feeder - Silent Cry
After some fantastic albums, at first I was not best pleased with Feeder's sixth offering, but considering, it is actually a quite good album, just not in obvious ways. The opener We Are The People is great, a few hiccups follow, save for Itsumo, until the brilliant middle part of the album: Silent Cry through to Who's The Enemy, which saves the album from a bad score. Then I just didn't really find the ending tracks that interesting. But generally, good, despite being the worst from the band in a while.
12. OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud
After hearing Apologize and Stop And Stare, I was really looking forward to this album. And it is well worth it. The first five tracks are great, and the only three songs that don't keep up with the brilliance are All Fall Down, Tyrant and All We Are. But even they aren't bad. The closing pair, Someone To Save You (one of the best) and Come Home really gets you. If you count bonus tracks (as I've got) - Dreaming Out Loud is great, Something's Not Right Here is not.
11. Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns
Snow Patrol's albums have got gradually better, starting with the completely awful Songs For Polarbears, which I honestly thought was a B-side album at first, to the reasonable When It's All Over..., up to the absolutely fantastic albums Eyes Open and Final Straw. However, this new attempt is not quite up there. It has typically good Snow Patrol songs, mixed in with a new sound. The first four are good, then the fifth track just is out of place and not good at all. The sixth track is absolutely brilliant (Please Just Take These Photos...) and the following one isn't that good, but then it builds up from the slow Planets Bend Between Us to the great Engines, to the great rock song Disaster Button, and then closes with the sixteen minute epic (which is sort of a cheat considering it's three songs in one) The Lightning Strike, which is surprisingly good.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
20. The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
The raw indie sound of the Ting Tings sounds good when you listen to their singles, and the album certainly didn't disappoint in that aspect. But once again, it's an album that just didn't work, in my opinion. However, Great DJ, That's Not My Name and Shut Up And Let Me Go are all brilliant.
19. Simple Plan - Simple Plan
Despite the uncreativity of naming their third album, this seems like quite a good album. It's one of the less common genres that I listen to, but nevertheless, it seems to catch on. When I'm Gone storms in to start off, followed up by the fantastic Take My Hand. A bit of dawdling, and then the occasional good track; Generation, Holding On and finally What If.
18. Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
I have to admit, I have not really listened to Oasis aside from their Stop The Clocks greatest hits album, and I feel a little guilty in doing so, as this album probably deserves a lot more than what I'm using to base my review on. But I have heard the brilliant Shock Of The Lightning and I'm Outta Time, and that, coupled with the fact that Oasis are one of the best bands around according to most, made me buy the album. But as I can't really review it, I think we should ignore scoring for this one.
17. Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
Oh dear. Is what I first thought on hearing this album. But it has grown on me a little bit. Good bits are Never Miss A Beat, Good Days Bad Days, Always Happens Like That and Addicted To Drugs, but there are also songs such as the downright odd opener Spanish Metal, and the distinctly dodgy Half The Truth. I'm sure Sway, who raps on the latter, is a good rapper, just not on a Kaiser Chiefs song. At least not that one. Nevertheless, the album generally doesn't disappoint, it just doesn't live up to the previous two albums.
16. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Futureheads - This Is Not The World
- Kanye West - 808s And Heartbreak
- Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel
- The Script - The Script
24. Foals - Antidotes
The first album from Foals was a very tempting buy at first - of course I did buy it in the end - after hearing the fantastic Cassius and other songs such as Olympic Airways and Balloons, but the album, despite not having a bad song whatsoever, just doesn't get to me. Only Cassius is memorable, but it is a good attempt.
23. The Automatic - This Is A Fix
After the brilliant first album, Not Accepted Anywhere, which was one of the best albums of 2006, in my opinion, this new album is nowhere near as good as its predecessor. Whilst songs such as Steve McQueen, Magazines and In The Mountains all hit the spot perfectly, the others just don't. Especially the title track. Screaming "this is a fix" over and over again just ruins the entire song. But this is the only abysmal song on the album. There is good (Steve McQueen), bad (Sleepwalking) and downright ugly (This Is A Fix) on this album.
22. Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
This is by no means a bad album, it just, like #24, doesn't quite hit the spot, aside from the astonishing opener Jump In The Pool and the sheer brilliance of Paris. There are no bad points, just not many very good songs.
21. The Verve - Forth