Wish there were more reviews like this on the site- gives you a solid idea what the record is like, and steers well clear of the awful 'look how clever I am' pretentious nonsense that litters a lot of the writing on this site. (The dreadful review of The Enemy's album springs to mind especially.) Also, yeah, it makes you want to hear the record.
Well, seeing as most people didn't have many good things to say about it (incluing friends of mine) and the nicest thing the review above could say was that it was OK, I think I'm glad I turned down the chance of spending £40 on it. I'll spend that £40 seeing bands that want to play, and play with passion and conviction thanks. It's nothing to do with the audience only knowing ROC- no one has said that at all. All I've heard are that it was a deeply average show. OK, so I wasn't there, but when there are whole threads on this very site full of people saying how average it was, I'm assuming that's what it was. Yes, I saw them many times in the past- and that's where they should have stayed.
I'm glad you thought it was "absolutely awesome"- for you it might well have been, but the majority of people seem very bored by it all.
Personally I think it's a great shame that now they'll probably be remembered for a half-arsed 'comeback' than the great live act they were.
Anyway, each to their own. Nostalgia isn't for me.
Glad I wasn't there to see a band that were once fantastic live play an average show for cash purposes. I want a little more than that for my time/money.
Peter Gabriel- Womad seemed to be a direct result of hearing the album, and probably Dreadzone.
Awful review. I don't like the band at all- but this smug, self satisfied, pretentious nonsense is why very few people bother to read music jounalism anymore.
If you're going to slag something off- at least do it in a way that suggests your review isn't a preening exercise in 'look how clever I am' sixth form psuedo-interlectualism.
Dross. As knackered and stuck in a cliched one dimensional rut as the album he attempts to 'review'.
I actually feel genuinely sorry for people going- especially when they find they can't get anywhere near the stage as they haven't bought a 'hospitality' ticket. My guess would be a lot of people come away feeling cheated and disillusioned, but time will tell on that one.
Surely the ticket prices show this is about one thing only: money. There's absolutely no need to charge £60 + per ticket. Oasis did the same venue at, if memory serves, £35 a ticket, just 2 years ago. And refunded the entire audiences money one night when they had a few power problems.
I'm also surprised that nobody has mentioned the complete u-turn in attitude members of the band have had in recent years about reforming. I always had total respect for John Squire for some of the comments he made regarding never wanting to reform and 'desecrate the grave' of the band. I have zero respect for his integrity now. A very sad state of affiars in my view. I agree with the article above 100 per cent.
C) Stay Too Long.
Pretty sure you could have said that a bit more.
What a truly fantastic article. Sums up my feelings perfectly.
Just listened to this (you can hear it for free on the NME site at the moment, and think that review's a bit harsh really. Some of the lyrics are pretty ropey, but on the whole it seems a pretty enjoyable listen. Better than the last Verve album for sure.
God I used to love those relentless mixes he did for Peel. Had them all taped off the radio, and hopefully still have them (somewhere!) I remember sneaking one onto the 6th form common room stereo and getting laughed at by everyone for having 'shit music taste'. haha!
let's not forget that when they did play here, no bugger went. Saw them in Sheffield in 1999 and there, at most. 20 people in the crowd. Still, reform, and you can probably fill 5 nights at Brixton, such is the way of things these days.....
The current 'viewpoint' is that they are fucking awful.
"There's something terrifying about the third track as well - the way it starts with a comically chilling voice, that of a 'witch' apparently, speaking to a king. She gleefully reassures him of her intentions to suckle several young children before releasing a maniacal low-budget-Hindi-film laugh."
Good grief. Good fucking grief. Sounds like an absolute heap of steaming shit. Thank fuck the album will sink without a trace.
A. Robert Zimmerman. Although, at this juncture it would be (slightly) amusing to get it wrong...
..and that comment by Sam Diplock?! What a total and utter prick. "The ideal thing to see at a Rage gig". Yeah kids getting their faces trodden on my grown men. RIGHT ON!!! Hey, maybe you can fight the agenda by going to seeing them at the Dublin O2, and enjoy the plush venue that a multi national sponsership deal by a mobile phone company has paid for, alongside some gloriously over priced drinks! Perhaps you could push over a toddler on the way in though, to show how much you fight the power!
Geez that video is a bit much. All that to watch a group of men stamping their feet and 'celebrating' the fact they beat a child to number one for a week?! Does noone else find it all rather embarrassing?! It all seems so childish and pathetic to me.
Come on! Can you honestly say there is anything 'fascinating' or 'challenging' about this?! It's fine, nothing wrong with it, but it's nothing special at all. I for one would expect a lot more from Aphex Twin. It sounds like he hasn't moved on musically at all in the twenty years you mention.
He's not exactly breaking new ground is he? People will be excited about this because it's Aphex, but really, there's nothing new or very exciting here I don't think.
Never really heard them, but it's a fact that every person I've met who claimed to like them was a tediously boring fucker in the "My music taste is infinitely superior to yours" way.
You know when you really shouldn't let things like the sort of person that listens to a band put you off, but it does?
I thought that was a great review to be honest. Not heard the album, but enjoyed the review.
Nothing more to add!
I'd stick it on an envelope, post it to people I didn't like and watch their discomfort as they shit themselves laughing at it.
I'm not sure people are too worried about the supports.....
Can't find tickets for Leeds anywhere. Any suggestions people?
It does get me down a bit really, because it's the sort of thing that makes me wonder whether anyone really cares about music at all. It akes me think it's all just hype, image and trying to be seen as 'cool' by those around you. Interesting that you mention their last gig wasn't evn sold out. I bet if they played Brixton now they'd sell out a few nights, packed with chattering people. I never saw them in the 90s and despite being a fan, have no real desire to see them this time.
I'll probably get shot down for saying this, but does anyone else find it weird how people are going on about this Pavement reformation? When they split I don't remember a huge outpouring of grief. I'm a fan, and find it odd what big news it's become. A good example are people who work with, who asked me if Pavement were any good (i.e. they'd never heard them) about 3 weeks ago, and are now "desperate to go to ATP". I genuinely don't understand the mentality that goes on. Is is that everyone wants something to get excited about, regardless of whether it means anything to them or not? Has anyone else noticed this?
Always a good show with Ash, looking forward to it massively. Looking at some of those drives though, I don't envy them! Strewth. Sure it's a gimmick, but isn't that the point of the tour? Surely it beats the inevitable tour of Academy venues in major cities that most bands do? Variety is the spice of life and all that....
oh, and if the line "stood to my left is Nick Grimshaw, sat on the stairs to my right is Edith Bowman" isn't enough to send chills down your spine, you really are in some deep shit.
I can see why Oasis could 'split the vote' (personally I love them, but accept why people wouldn't) but I would suggest anyone that doesn't see how incredible Mogwai are is clearly cloth eared. Still, I don't really care, I just feel sorry for people who listen to a band like the Arctic Monkeys. Life is really too short to mess about with that sort of thing.
The reason 'Red Right Hand is the best song they've done this time around' is because it isn't one of theirs- it's a cover version you dope!
What a tediously boring band. Nice to see them meeting Zane Lowe. A delicious c#nt soup.
"That's why Zane Lowe's show works."
Fuck that. It works if you want a grown man shouting over your records and being hypocritical in every fucking thing he says.
Lamacq leaving is a further nail in the coffin for a station that has already seen Nick Grimshaw take a spot in their 'alternative' schedule. It's a pale pastiche of the alternative it once was, with about 3 decent DJs ploughing an increasingly lonely furrow.
A stinker of a single. A stinker of a band.
That single is a stinker. As are most of their songs really.
Where is the carpark? can't place it!
I went to the party Warp had when they left Sheffield. Incredible. Squarepusher played, was still going at 4 a.m. when the police showed up. I'll be at this without a doubt!
hahaha! Not an event that leant itself to phography really was it?
Excellent review. Sums it all up really well. One thing I would add however, is that the new songs tend to go down as well as the old at Oasis gigs, which is always really encouraging and refreshing to see.
And I couldn't agree more with this quote too:
" =Blur might be slightly less derivative and boring than Oasis, but they somehow still contrive to be utterly irrelevant to all but the most anally retentive retards on the planet. Damon, please get in touch. I’ve got a fist, you’ve got a fucking punchable face. Why don’t we meet up?"
To put my (probably unwanted!) two pennies worth in, I feel it's all down to a slide in quality music journalism. Anyone can now review stuff and stick it up in a blog, or on a website. Like music, 99 per cent of it is utter shite. Unlike music, that shite serves to dilute (and hide) any good music journalism.
I'm 28, and I used to love the days of buying a record unaware of what it sounded like, based on an NME review, a note in a record sleeve, or something similar. It was a big part of music, and I would also say it made a pretty insecure lonely teenager feel pretty happy- in the way that it rewarded me so hansomely for the fact that I put time into discovering stuff.
I think it's absolutely tragic if people like me don't experience music in this way.
Good point: It will hopefully lead to more music being sold
Bad point: The more association music has with clothing, the more twats it attracts, and the shitter the music gets.
Swings and roundabouts.
Robert Wadlow. Though I would enjoy being the only person in the comments section to get it totally wrong.
Is it shocking to say I actually didn't mind 'Americas Sweetheart'? I bought it for £2 and think it was worth that as it had about 4 tunes on it I liked. Having said that, I can't remember a) what it sounds like now and b) where it is, which aren't good signs.
Still, it's not THAT bad surely?!
Couldn't you let us know slightly earlier- can't really risk waiting until Friday morning to buy a ticket!
It just goes to show, you can't be too careful.
Fantastic shop. Should be food for thought for the 'I don't buy records anymore' brigade.....
8correction* "CAME out and actually DID a rap show. Strewth. i'm so tired I can't type...
i thought it was a real let down in terms of how much he 'rocked it up' to fit in. When i saw Jay Z years ago it was him, a mike, decks, and Memphis Bleak, playing an arena.
it seems that in order to fit in and be accepted by 'guitar music' fans all rappers have to court them, by adding guitars to their records and pandering to them. There are loads of examples of this.
it would have been a much braver, bold, better show if he can out and actually done a rap show, as he normally would.
last time I saw Cypress Hill, they featured a MASSIVE bongo solo. If I wanted that shit I'd go and watch Incubus. I'd love to smuggle shedloads of airhorns and whistles in to this event and hand them out, just to piss off the organisers.