14 Feb 2011 @ 2:52 PM 

Reviews. Webster’s dictionary defines review as: To make like new or restore to freshness, vigor or perfection. This is the result of those inquiries.

Cut Copy: Zonoscope — After anticipating this as much as I was, it was admittedly pretty difficult to let it speak for itself over my own expectations. I guess I was hoping for them to revert back to what they did on Bright Like Neon Lights. Did they? Of course not, they’ve already done that. Cut Copy have never been ones to repeat themselves much, unless you’re talking about one of their catchy loops. No, Zonoscope evolves out of In Ghost Colours(colours with a ‘U’ because they’re New Zealanders) into something less dance-y without losing that aspect of their sound. More rock n’ roll? Not exactly. If anything, this record is a beautiful coupling of new wave and their own style. If you doubt this, just listen to Take Me Over. They’ve updated new wave in a way that no one has quite yet. And with everyone seeming to try to revive the 80s in music and fashion lately, this album could very well be the perfect anthem for that style. Overall, the flow of the album is just as smooth as In Ghost Colours with airy transitions throughout that blend each song perfectly. Well-executed, well-mixed and very fun to listen-to…9.1/10

Need You Now

The Get Up Kids: There Are Rules — After 7 years, The Get Up Kids are finally back. After trading in their post-punk style in 2002 for a more easy going indie style, I pretty much thought they’re best days were behind them. After hearing what they did on Guilt Show in 2004, those fears were absolutely realized. Regrettably(?), they broke up after their tour in support of Guilt Show. Then something happened a couple of years ago– they began rehearsing again and even writing songs. This album is the culmination of those ideas. I have to say my favorite thing about this record is that it sounds nothing like their last 2 records. Did I hate On A Wire? I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know if I’ve ever tried as hard to like an album before or since then. Did I hate Guilt Show? Absolutely– It was the worst thing they could have done. So now that they’ve left all of that behind them, the question is what direction have they gone on this record. The answer is a little complicated. They’ve definitely hearkened back to their post-punk roots to write a lot of these tracks… but not all of them. They’ve played with synth a little more and even sounded like they were trying to mimic a version of themselves covering something The Killers would write(When It Dies). It was weird. There really wasn’t a consistent flow to this record. It was all over the place. It sounded like everyone had some ideas for some songs and they played with the guy who wrote the song. The result is an album that sounds like it was written by a band thrown together in the last couple of months and this is what happened when they were finished. It lacks the passion that I hear when I pick up their early material and thats why I’ll continue to dust that band off and listen to them for years to come and I doubt that I’ll revisit this one much at all…6.5/10

Pararelevant

Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will — Mogwai have been around for awhile now. I’ve come to expect a few things over the years when I pick up a new Mogwai record. Namely, excellence in all aspects of everything they do. Its easy to screw up instrumental rock and let me tell you, I’ve heard some epically shitty instrumental rock. But when you find a band that can not only do it well but do it consistently well, they’ll have you forever. That being said, in my opinion, this is their best work yet. Yes, they’ve had some pretty spectacular records in the past, but this one edges them out. Not only have they evolved yet again, but in typical Mogwai fashion, they’ve done it in a way that remains completely true to themselves. They don’t mimic anyone and you know Mogwai when you hear them. Its difficult to criticize an album that quite honestly screams awesome in so many ways in so many instances. If you’re a fan of Mogwai, this record reminds you why you always will be and if you’re not a fan, this album tells you why you should be…9.9/10

Letters To The Metro

Solar Bears: She Was Coloured In — This largely instrumental electronica band from Dublin caught me by surprise last month. I’m usually looking to find out things about bands that I’m already familiar with. Every once in a while I encounter someone like Solar Bears. In this case, we have some electronic/indie minimalists that don’t really sound like anyone. At times I heard influences like Black Moth Super Rainbow, Deastro, Cut Copy… but making an accurate comparison still eludes me. Though you might hear a brief loop that one of those aforementioned bands would write, it never completely resembles anyone on an entire song. They were entirely unique compositions. And when you hear someone in this genre that can do that for the length of an album, you know you’ve found someone special. This is a very smooth and steady electro record thats reversible as ambient or foreground music, which can sometimes be a tricky thing to find. Very impressive…9.2/10

She Was Coloured In



 

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