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Never got into them back in the day, leading to the following question.... should i have?
yes, those are great songs. the rest features over arranged under written non-greatness. and i thought they were pretty rubbish when i saw them.
Their music, whilst sometimes weird and experimental, is very impressive and always interesting when I've seen them live. There album last year, although imperfect, contained some excellent songs and was very promising overall.
I predicted big things for them when I saw them for the first time last year at summer sundae cos they blew me away. I'd wager they have a classic album in them at some point down the line.
Trains to Brazil sounds like All I want For Xmas Is You.
crock of shite, I got told that seeing them live would change my mind... it didn't
I thought I was listening to David Gray remixed by Roni Size
That is not good
I like them but I like over blown and pretentious. They're kind of like a British Flaming Lips maybe? Its fair to say that their album can become a bit bland if you listen to it too often, something about the tone of the vocals....Anyways yeah good pop band worth checking out.
to this band than most current artists.
to be part of a label like polydor and still participate in improvised gigs around london, helping fundraise for the likes of resonance fm sets them apart. a band who love to experiment (not always getting it right), consistently choosing their own support acts, doing their own artwork, releasing eps themselves, their band ethos is one that should be appreciated.
to their experimental psychadelic pop side, than their actual sound.
I want to like them, but y'know, I generally like songs that are about the great markets crash of 1929, the plight of Russian teenagers forced to join Komsomol, obscure central Asian dictators, 80s television heroes and whatever it is Cedric Bixler writes about.
All their songs about liking a girl and kissing the girl and spending time with the girl and being happy forever.
I can't get up any enthusiasm up for it. Uh, take that however you like.
Umm, i don't think that is quite right.
Sau Paulo is the best song they have written, and it is like 12 minutes long and is, just, well, amazing really.
I personally think they are on of the best, ergh, "mainstream" British bands around at the moment.
They are impossible to categorize and most people who criticise them use lazy comparisions.
They are totally original.
AND Made up lovesong #43 is one of the most beautiful pieces of music i have heard in my life.
and they are fantastic live.
So yeah, listen to them at least.
You should really give them a try.
1) Not being funny yeah, but saying how much you like the band doesn't really negate my opinion. And fair play, they're all excellent musicians and the songs are really well arranged. Also, stand up bass players are hot and the singer can hold a note. But I still don't care about anything he sings about - and that's pretty important at the end of the day.
2) I've had the album for months and saw them live last year. Which when you think about, is probably how I know what a lot of their songs are about.
3) Sau Paulo could be an hour long. It's still the wrong side of wank, coming off like some Rufus Wainwright offcut. In fact, the whole album could have done with a bit less "the record company says we've got the orchestra for the rest of the week - booyah!" and a bit more of the kind of the kind of genre splicing craziness that really good musicians are capable of and which the line-up threatens but just doesn't deliver.
"the record company says we've got the orchestra for the rest of the week - booyah!"
apart from that they're as bland as a ryvita biscuit. and their album was playing constantly at a rather disturbing house party that i never, ever want to be reminded of again.
I actually can't think of word to describe someone that would put on a record like that at a house party.
It's good... but it's not nearly strong enough. I don't think there is. Maybe in German.
by just thinking their shit.
That isn't an objective argument,
it is a subjective opinion.
I don't even think they are that good. I have thier album, never listen to it, and have no desitre to see them live again particularly.
They are just a lot better than a lot (most) of contempoary british music.
presumably, you can't get any enthusiasm for pretty much all soul music ever, all motown and the beatles early stuff (to scrape the tip of the iceberg) either because they're about "liking a girl (boy) and kissing the girl (boy) and spending time with the girl (boy) and being happy forever"? isnt that sort of ridiculous?
id take a well-written, concise, tight love song over the risible nonsense cedric bixler writes any day, to be honest
and im not really defending the guillemots here, as i dont really like them
Ah, I see: If A = B, and B = C, then A must = C.
For your edification, if I wanted to live in a world where every time I make a statement about something specific, there'll be someone around the corner to have the nerve presume what I actually meant was for it to be taken as a generality, I'd have gone into politics.
I can only assume myself that this deficit in your critical faculties is down to the fact that you only listen to songs with really remedial psuedo introspective 6th form poetry-style lyrics.
You should get out more.
"...have the nerve to presume what I actually meant was for it to be taken as a GENERALITY."
"I GENERALLY like songs..."
yeah, it's probably a good job you didnt go into politics.
Stating what I GENERALLY appreciate in a band lyrically and illustrating that with a SPECIFIC case doesn't allow you to extrapolate from that that I automatically dislike bands with similar lyrics.
Lyrics are not the one factor on which I judge all music I listen to. In fact, it's one of the things I care about least.
EXCEPT in this SPECIFIC instance - where the lyrics are the thing that puts me off.
Moreover, it's good for me that you bought up Motown and Soul: Why am I paying attention to the lyrics when the playing of Isaac Hayes, James Jamerson et al is interesting enough?
Hell, for all you know it's even simpler than that: I state my general lyrical tastes - that leaves me rhetorical room to make exceptions. Why didn't you presume that there are bands with lyrics similar to Guillemots that I just rate better - for any variety of reasons?
Again, maybe getting out more interms of the music you listen to would help you think with better clarity.
very nice people, met them after a gig in inverness of all places.. the album itself is great.. live they can be really good, but as anyone else saw them in the glasgow carling academy will testify, they can be a bit of a miss too!
diablo summed them up perfectly, a band who love to experiment but don't always get it right
i like 'em :)
:) :) :)