So it isn't Moon Safari, that pop-musac-French avante garde sensation of 1998. But is it the follow-up that fans have been waiting for? Well, yes and no. Unlike the moody (and underrated) Virgin Suicides EP, most will be pleased to find much lighter material on 10000 Hz Legend. There is more of an edge here than there was on the wonderfully hokey Moon Safari, but Air has returned to the breezy retro-kitsch that makes them so unique.
This time around, Beck is to be found on a couple of tunes including
"The Vagabond" which sounds like an Odelay outtake and "Don't
Be Light," a real dud. With its retro-futuristic feel, the record
is pretty enjoyable overall. Unfortunately, there are far too few
instrumentals and the songwriting is simply not as good on this record
as we have come to expect from this pop-writing duo. Regardless, it
is worth checking out and the music gets better with a few spins.
This is a huge departure for Eitzel and fans of his original band, American Music Club, may be surprised to see how far this former frontman-gone-solo has come. Where Eitzel has often relied on collaborative efforts with other big-name musicians such as Peter Buck, he has finally created a disk that is fully his own.
On his sixth solo CD, The Invisible Man, Eitzel has thrown together a very uneven disk that is barely saved by the strength of 3 or 4 beautiful tracks. Unfortunately, there are also many hokey tracks you will have to wade you way through.
Overall, fans will enjoy his blending of acoustic guitar with subtle electronics. This is an average disk whose moments of splendor (like track 4) make it almost worthwhile.
techno? Is there really such a thing?
anyone seen the packaging on this re-release? It reads like a promotional
package. Reviews by David Byrne and Sean O'Hagan to name a couple are
prominently splashed across the cover raving on and on about Inspiration
Information. You would think they discovered the Ark of the Covenant.
Basically, they all say that this undiscovered and forgotten artist is
a genius. It's kind of like that dorky ad campaign for a Knight's Tale
that played up one good review from Rolling Stone.
a very so-so show at that not-to-be spoken of Williamburg speak-easy recently,
Bardo Pond's most recent Matador release Dilate is a nice surprise
to all fans of stoner rock and drone. Long and trance-inducing melodies
are really just the framework for the droning guitar work and feedback
played by this quintet.
I suppose they are trying to sound like Tortoise with the repetitions of Stereolab thrown in, but the outcome is as soulless and dull as anything in recent memory. Simple melodies are repeated in a very formulaic way with no surprises and or variation.
Definitely skip this one.
For a second opinion, see what Eric Schneider has to say about this release. Click here.
I Want Some may not qualify as a new release to some, but I just stumbled upon it for the first time last week. And what a pleasant surprise given the fact that this amazing DC band just recently split up. This compilation of 21 B-sides from the past several years is as consistent as it is long.
The usual blend of punk, funk, soul, and gospel is to be found here and Ian's over-sexed lyrics are as hilarious as ever. This release came out in 1999, but for those of you who missed it (like me) go and pick it up. It rivals Sound Verite in overall listenability.
not one of those reviewers claiming omniscience. There is way too much
music out there to keep up with everything. That said, I will attempt
to say something intelligent about the latest Mogwai, despite the fact
that I am largely unfamiliar with their last couple of releases. I hear
the last two sucked anyway, but who knows... critics can be cruel and
are not to be trusted.
hate the term Acid Jazz. It's the kind of catch word guys with
pony tails use to impress chicks. The term Trip Hop isn't a favorite
of mine either. This one reminds me of white art schools kids choking
on blunts as they try to be "down."
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