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Am i imagining it or at first weren't they...well...kind of great?
But I do miss the likes of Skeleton Key and Shadows Fall.
...are spot on.
I went to see them at Rock City and left half way through and went for a Subway. They where dowwn right boring!!!!
which was very patchy (but had some great songs, if i remember correctly)
and i'm sure some of the first album is pretty boring
but they had a knack for brilliant quirky singles.
was listening to their debut single the other day, with shadows fall and simon diamond. And the Skeleton Key EP was great too. Saw them live around that time, really energetic and inventive and fun.
And yeah, the last single was pretty dull and nothing.
Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker was a bit underrated I thought, the last interesting thing they did.
Nightfreak is one of the worst albums I ever bought. I did enjoy their first album, and second too if I'm honest, and I think they have a great singles collection overall.
Nice and dark and freaky and percussive and messy.
Apart from Pass It On, I don't like Magic & Medicine at all...
It's a great album, i still like them how they are now, it's just a different side of them.
to every musician who does a lot of psychedelic drugs, eventually.
Case in point: the early 70s
There's a historical precedent for it, see.
It's either dullness or Syd Barret/Brian Wilson-style emotional breakdown. Or you end up like Gary Young, but I think he'd be a little different from everyone else even if he didn't apparently do a hit of acid every day in 1969 or whatever the ridiculous amount of acid/year was.
was great, btw. Rest of the early stuff I can take or leave, now they're just yawn alert warranting.
to their detriment.
i have nothing to really base this on, but i'd imagine they enjoyed shoving sections together overexcitedly and found it really fun, but thought that it was slightly immature and gimmicky after a while, so, realising that they could now write songs very similar to their heroes, decided to do that
as in, the things that you and i found appealing about them were, in their opinions, them overcompensating for lack of Really Tunesmithery so they ditched it
is one way that these things happen
great when they first started and are a very under-rated band who I think have influenced a generation of bands. I actually really like the new album but then it might just be that I'm getting old! I think they are a singles band now though apart from the older stuff.
The first album was a complete mish-mash of influences and ideas all crammed together in this totally chaotic way that was brilliant but it does feel like they then felt they should streamline their influences and be more settled and it doesn't work as well.
I actually do really like a few of the songs on the new album but they do on the whole lack the excitement, intensity and imagination of the earlier stuff.
Magic and Medicine is very underrated
Sons of becker had some great stuff on it but was kind of patchy.
Everything after that was one great big yawn (I only listened to their last album once though)
I was considering seeing them in a month or so for old time's sake. Not sure if I will.
is good, bit patchy at times. 'in the rain', 'music at night' and 'she's got a reason' , 'remember me' definately the 4 best songs on the album.
seen them god knows how many times, still yet to witness a shoddy gig by them. the 2 roundhouse gigs recently were great (weird set choice at electric proms though). always find them great live, they have lost quite a bit of intensity live - but recently they seem to be showing a few signs of chaos in there set again - shes got a reason normally ends up going mental towards the end, same with 'she sings the mourning'
billy ryder jones is a really underrated guitarist, they've kind of held him back a bit on the last couple of albums but he's still a joy to watch live.
they are easily my favourite english band of the 00's without a doubt, so im prolly biased as hell anyways :)
Agree with the above too about Bill Ryder-Jones; a quite ridiculously talented guitarist. Listening to Roots and Echoes in the last couple of weeks, the album has started to grow on me after being quite underwhelmed on first listens. I still hold out hope for the Coral masterpiece that they are more than capable of. Failing that they'll always be a band that people go back to in years to come, when all the modern 'pop/indie/nuwave nonsense' splurge has disappeared.
James Skelly in Liverpool today with handfulls of designer clothes bags. The Radio 2 fodder keeps him in Armani- doubt Skeleton Key/ Simon Diamond ever would. Shame.
alas, they seem to have run out of steam a bit
cos since they got dull their commercial fortunes have plummeted.
All their albums are full of filler interspaced with a couple of great songs. Their best-of will be really very good indeed.
but you like CSS!
and never made it through... avoided buying Clinic albums cos I confused the two. Thank god I figured it out: Clinic are great; Coral are shit.
OPENS THE MOST INTRICATE LOCKS!
that song is really great - as well as the one with the video paying homage to the wicker man.
Like Captain Beefheart craziness.
Most of the first album was good, but they've gone downhill since then (and continue to do so).