From up where I was it looked the crowd were totally into it by the end and the ovation the band received seemed to go on for an age.
The bright light was an issue for a while but I much preferred this show to their last ones at the Roundhouse.
and say I think most of the new songs held up better than I expected. Unfortunately, with most of them it's the vocals that seem to be the main problem with completely generic hands-in-the-air singalong lyrics (particularly that 'can you feel it' one). Karl seems to have done away with the interesting/slightly disconcerting stream of consciousness that he used to do so well.
Underworld's main problem is that when you follow Rez/Cowgirl with a new song, it could be the best song you'll hear all month and it would still pale in comparison.
I was also unsure what to expect from the crowd but the longer it went on the more people were getting into it and by the end the atmosphere was pretty electric.
I'd give the gig an 8/10 and it still served to remind me that Underworld have made some of the very best music I've ever heard.
there is no way in a million years that 'Darko' is better than 'In White Rooms'. That's all.
Other than that, great write up.
Great news. Lesser Matters is a wonderful album and Pet Grief, whilst not as good was still well worth getting.
They were visibly affected by it at the London show a couple of weeks ago. I hope they continue because they're brilliant.
but I'm now keen to get it.
so I will endeavour to check these records out. Thanks.
I will give this album a listen.
It should be a good one.
b) Napoleon III
I would love to go to this festival.
The whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Wonderful music that, as you say, has aged beautifully.
I love Steve Martin too. Probably my favouritest comedy actor ever. The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains are his two best films, in my opinion but his performance (with Bill Murray) in Little Shop of Horrors is amazing. Respect for All of Me (which Dev didn't mention) too.
looking forward to hearing more.
but it's a decent listen. I love the transition from Bebey to First Communion and there is a few similarly euphoric moments on it but as a whole, I find it unsatisfying and the track with Tinchy Stryder jars with me. His vocals (particularly on the first verse) just don't seem to work.
If I were to give it a mark, I'd go with 7/10.
you can do what you like with the rest of your time.
so, no it's not.
but I'm pretty sure Pitchfork didn't vote it number 1 in it's end of year list in 2005. That was Sufjan Stevens' 'Illinois'.
it's a really elegant album and Dale Grundle is a hugely underrated songwriter.
Captivating live too.
are probably the best.
as seeing them live only confirmed.
I've just been reminded how totally wonderful it is. Thanks.
I prefer the Tracey Thorn tracks from Protection but the other vids are good choices too.
I logged onto the forum this morning and saw the mbv ticket thread and all the excitement contained within. I got through to the purchase page and saw that there were still tickets available, was just about to pay and then I realised I didn't actually want to go. Quite relieved I saved myself £45.
aka Pete Kember
Axel Willner's The Field.
I thought Animal Collective were the best band I saw but I know other people who didn't dig it.
As far as I'm concerned, The National felt like the real blue riband event and they fully lived up to it.
Guided By Voices
I don't think either of these bands have played.
is my favourite Neil Young album, with On The Beach second. Maybe.
film critic at the Guardian thought 'Control' was the best film of last year.
If you're criticising this list, there's probably better things to pick up on.
very much looking forward to hearing this.
but I agree with almost everything Mike says. The lyrics are dreadful (why does he need to watch these sparks?) and it is soulless but my main problem with them is the production, maybe it's my crap computer speakers but there's no depth to the song. I'm not even sure I can hear a bassline. It sounds really slight and like it could blow away if the wind picked up. Lucio Starts Fires suffered similarly but I think that had a better tune. I'd probably give this one 5.7 (six seems too generous).
While their debut wasn't a brilliant record, they proved they're capable of producing brilliant songs.
I am all over that London date.
Not as stunning as their show at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in November but still (mostly) wonderful. I love that they've started opening their set with Cold Days From The Birdhouse and they way they perform it live is incredible. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't play 'Mapped By What Surrounded Them' but it seems churlish to complain as the rest of the set was so good. When the sound is right, they're just about the best live band around. I can't wait for the next London show.
is a big leap forward from the debut.
the review was ONE person's opinion. This is collective.
Because 'shoot' in Danish means 'ensemble' and it distracted him.
and the reaction in the comments section, really unpleasant. Personally, I liked Foundations but the other songs I've heard have been nowhere near as good, yet I've neither heard or read anything that indicates that she deserves the scorn poured on her. Also, the digs about her weight and the way she dresses are so tiresome. Some people need to grow up.
seeing them next week.
Just didn't realise the album was out on MONDAY!
single or album?
Tell me more!
are the details on the second week coming?!
at the last ATP at Camber.
dunno why. I like the chorus, well the bit where it goes 'trouble follows this vagabond'. It doesn't outstay it's welcome either.
Not sure it's got long term appeal but it presses the right buttons at the moment. Saw them live in May and they didn't appear to have enough good songs yet but if they can write more as pleasing as this one, I reckon they'll be pretty good.
of The Brits not The Mercury Music Prize.