For all the bluster, the smoke and mirrors and marketing ploys, this much-anticipated debut LP is in fact far duller than the fiction created about its creators.
they sound like a shit Future Islands to me
Certainly seems well considered. Bit annoying though, in that their music itself (rather than their 'campaign') has been getting my hopes up over the last few months, even if not necessarily for something perfec/'fully formed'(..whatever that means). LYF, Spitting Blood, Dirt, Concrete Gold and Heavy Pop, at least, all seemed promisingly veritable choons imo. Guess I'll just have to decide for myself.
Been waiting for someone to say it. They're so dull.
I'm still actually looking forward to hearing the album, but your summary of the context in which it arrives is spot on. The analysis read very well.
Sorry to be such a nit-picking nancy boy, but:
"speed of which" would read better as "speed at which"
"of whom ... part of" - doesn't need the second 'of'.
While each to their own and all that, this smacks of a pre-judged attack on the band's aloof persona (call it hype if you wish) regardless of what the music sounds like. The way they've conducted themselves, particularly where the press are concerned, had already divided opinion well before the majority of commentators had actually heard a note of their music in a similar way to The Vaccines for one glaringly obvious example. Although 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain' won't win any awards for originality (listen to this then follow it with 'The Decline Of British Sea Power' and 'The Lost Riots' for starters), they've a very distinctive sound for 2011 and as an album is literally light years ahead of any other UK guitar-orientated release this year. In my humble opinion of course...
I think the album dips a little in the middle but other than that its fantastic, your review seems a little bitter.
The reviewer has a unnecessary chip on his shoulder due to the PR background. The line "Dollar is not your friend" being used against them for wanting to make money out of their music is a short sighted and pathetic form of criticism.
a pathetic form of criticism.
One of the best reads i've had on DiS recently, even if he needs a sub-editor.
a 5/10 seems fair. From what i've heard / read, they don't seem original, just another guitar band, who are pretty good, but you guys seem to think it's a 5 out of 10 because of the faux-mystery, when in all likely-hood it's a 5 out of 10 because it's nothing new and not amazing.
The best thing about them was that photo on a roof with the smoke flares. Luckily I don't expect much from bands like Wy Lyf and their £600,000 publishing deal. Good luck recouping that..chortle chortle.
Not that I needed you to qualify my opinion. Opinions are like assholes, and everybody's has a stink.
Speaking of stink... (no, I won't do that)
This band is not... "bad." The hype is very misplaced, though. It sounds like a retard that's been smoking too many cigarettes, screaming over American Football songs. (or [insert twee band here])
e.g. the exact kind of "outside the box" music that appeals to teens and undergrads.
e.g. this band's primary demographics. Hey, better this than Kings Of Leon.
So y'all don't be surprised if you see your 21-year-old comrades calling this band the next coming of Christ. It's a fad, it'll pass. Or perhaps, at 27, I'm just getting old.
A great review, but it seems far too concerned with the persona, rather than the sound the record makes
Amazed at this review, I really like the album.
I'm not interested in the persona stuff, and not interested in the hype, but nor am I interested in it being mentioned in reviews. Its utterly irrelevant to a review of the album.
Equally I'm a little bored of the music press slating bands for being one trick ponies. They've delivered an album of consistently good songs, that in itself is amazing. The fact they've done it whilst sounding original, like nothing else out there right now, is excellent. I just hope they ignore this sort of review and continue on with what they're doing.