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Great melody - this is sounding ace!
But I seem to be the only one.
...struggled to be excited about any of the recent stuff (and I really like industrial and synth). For me, you can't beat the sheer intensity of their debut for guitars + folky instrumentation coupled with really bitter lyrics. Will keep trying though.
I can hear what they've tried to do, but for me on first listen it doesn't have the immediacy of the last two albums. Instead most of the songs seem to promise a lot but then not deliver.
and it really is a grower. I was totally unsure of it at first, but five or six listens later I was hooked, and still am.
The murky stream didn't help, but it was non immediate in the High Violet sort of way. And that did grow on me. Will have another go tomorrow.
...and I can still only remember Alphabet and Kill It In The Morning. I think this one has lost out to stronger releases from Liars, Grimes, Now,Now, and hell, nearly everything else I've bought this year.
It doesn't help that he seems to sing in a 'mwah ha ha' sort of vocal in places, and that synth sound they've focused on is just plain nasty and cheap. And I liked his vocals before as well.
but this is still good.
I can't get past that.
pretty strong radiohead vibes in this.
sadly, which is a shame as i liked their previous stuff.
..and I expect it will sound better on the third, given what people who have had the album for a while have said.
Sick took about a month to really grow on me.
Obviously missing the crushing guitar but the slightly different sound made for interesting listening. A nice departure from their previous stuff. Will be a real grower as people have said upthread.
There's some great stuff on there. Dead City is a highlight.
the last track is a DIRECT rip-off of Portishead's We Carry On
I was wracking my brains to think what it was "similar" to - good work.
difference being that The Horrors' one was produced by Geoff Barrow so it was kind of ok (actually it was brilliant IMO, an improvement on The Rip)
Don't Look At Me owes A LOT to New Order's Procession
and I'm really enjoying it.
It's definitely a grower and it demands to be listened to in full. Kill it in The Morning sounds so much better at the end of the album than it did as a standalone track. Sick took a couple of months before it really struck with me.
There are one or two songs which still don't do it for me, but it's a stronger album than the last one IMO.
The 8 on DIS is probably a bit much. Dare I say it, the 7.4 on Pitchfork is about right in my mind, in that it's somewhere between a 7 and an 8.
Anyway, who gives a fuck about numbers. I like it.
Looking forward to The Ruby Lounge gig next Friday.
but this single sounds great, only heard it as my friend Stuart is the star of the video