sorry, dear readers. My codez iz bad.
About 3 and a half years ago Run Walk first come into fruition. We had the common goals of travelling as far as we could, touring as much as possible, playing super loud and having fun. We've met some of the best people on our travels many of which have become some of our greatest friends. Sadly as time went on our common goals became harder to maintain. Real life began to take its toll as we grew up, however , as long time best friends and being devoted to playing our music we made it work for a long time but sadly it can't go on forever.
take from that what you will.
takes a few listens for it to properly worm itself into your brain - especially for some of the more wonky mental songs.
and what's wrong with 'drummer Jack 'awesome' Eggledrum's awedrum drumming'? :) I stand by every word of this review. Apart from 'though'. Fuck that 'though'.
ps - douchebag - yes, I am a fanboy, and unashamedly so. Which is why I took this review more seriously than probably any I've done before, and if the album was crap I would be the first (well second after Pitchfork) to criticise it.
Now I feel OLD. What a year was 1997.
throughout the entire thing, I was thinking 'this would be awesome live'. As an album, though, it just doesn't hang together as well as I'd like.
There should be a review of this coming soon, but it is all awesome sludgy goodness
Because I am afraid of giant spiders. Yay for more Aussie stuff!
I see where you're coming from, but I don't think they're 'there' yet. It's not like they've refined their sound to become some kind of elder statesman, more that they're leaving what they were behind and don't yet know how to replace it. I'll be very interested to see where they go next.
There really is an awful lot of shitty synth pop out this year, isn't there?
Really enjoyed their first EP
twas the awesomes.
I disagree. I think this is a rather good album, actually, and quite like the old 'confessional' style Liam adopts. But to each his own, mon ami.
REIGNITE MY LOVE FOR MUSIC PLEASE MR JAMES MURPHY!
reviewed off mp3s so haven't seen it... it's a good one though.
but yes, the steel drums probably are more Caribbean. The overall effect of those particular songs were weirdly prescient of that whole Vampire Weekend-y sound though.
this is a great album, really worth checking out actually. It's still rattling around my brain loads.
but then cuddles said that about sound of silver, didn't he? So it'll be the last one until the next one.
well done. Shame i'll be in Oz by then, otherwise I'd be tempted to make the trip to Shef!
they've u-turned following the negative public reaction and are covering their corporate arses. Fuckos.
'How can editorial independence survive a marketing led strategy?' Basically the problem that mas/newspapers/websites have been struggling with for years but certainly seems more problematic and open to abuse now...
a truly wonderful album.
sorry mate, didn't hear what you said over the band.
relate to Asda quiches. They're not very exciting.More of a home-made flan person, myself. :)
perhaps i should have returned this album and not reviewed it at all. Doesn't change how i feel about it - i hated it - but perhaps someone else could have found something more constructive to say about it. ho hum. hindsight is a wonderful thing.
is the return of 'is this news?' news?
i like it. listening to whole albums on the radio is a bit like when they show one of your favourite films on TV - yeah you've got it on DVD, but it's still a bit specialer.
the first couple of times I listened to it, it really bothered me that the vocals were quite low in the mix... but in some ways, it helps it to be more effective, because you pay less attention to that and more to the HUMONGOUS SLABS OF RIFF POWER.
and yes, it's completely DIY - allegedly made part-time in a shed in Norfolk. you don't need to know that to enjoy the album, but it certainly adds to the enjoyment when you do know it!
give it a few spins, it keeps getting better. and don't skip any tracks, otherwise i'll come round your house, tie you down and make you listen to the whole thing all the way through three times in a row. kthxbye
I wish my heart were not so blackened by business journalism. I wish i could write like you, with passion and vigour, instead of desperately trying to find new ways of saying' nice quiet/loud dynamics'
that is all.
is the rapper on tom morello's frankly average new project street sweeper social club. YAWN.
having looked back at the what i wrote, i may have overegged that particular pudding in the heat of the moment. I still stand by the intent, though - both cardiff and wales seem to celebrate distinctiveness in the face of increasing homogeneity, in a way that's perhaps more overt than a lot of England is. The image of Spillers facing SD2 really evoked that for me, and that's what i wanted to get across, in my clumsy way.
did you never wander down that random little arcade? there were some crazy places round there - a place that sold art, a great little t-shirt shop, a couple of bookshops (and a bunch of 99p shops too). admittedly it was no castle arcade, but still a hundred times more characterful than that soulless monstrosity
obviously forgot to fill that one in - to my shame, i couldn't remember it at the time! Should be Kim, obvs. subeditingfail!
And I found out what a cosmic egg is. apparently it's a yoga pose. and there was me hoping it was some kind of sex aid.
but up there ^^ you complain that my review reads like a 6 to 7? am i allowed to give it the rating that I think it deserves, or should we do a straw poll?
OK. here is my reasoning for a rating of 4, to clear up any misunderstanding. in my mind - and in most rating systems - 5 and 6 are average. 7 is good, 8 is very good, 9 is excellent, 10 is a masterpiece. 4 is below average, 3 is poor, 2 is very bad and 1 is just awful. I am off the view that this album - while technically very good - is on the whole bland, unemotive and left me cold. Therefore, i accord it a 4. It wasn't changed by DiS editorial - which they are perfectly within their rights to do, to ensure cross-reviewer consistency - so i guess a 4 is fair.
I don't even like these fucking number rating systems anyway. it's a blunt instrument that just causes trouble. When i rule the world,we'll do away with them and make people read the words in reviews, not just scroll straight to the bottom and get all aerated... :)
But not soon. I'm a little sick of it now after having had it on constant repeat for the best part of a week.
it's a date. Let's go see Tubelord! Woo!
i think it's fair – in fact, it's one of the things i'm most definite about on this review (as people who've had to edit my copy will probably tell you, i can never make up my mind about marks on albums).
Why? Because it's an album review, not a review of clever hooks. as an album, yes it's technically very good, but it's frankly disappointing as a complete piece of work and I'd say it's below average - especially when it's obvious these guys are capable of much more.. therefore, a 4*.
*let's not get into an argument about mark inflation on reviews - i know some people will mark an average album 5, some will mark it 7. That's a job for the subs to iron out. Besides, i'd personally not put a mark on these things anyway as it's so subjective - but then i see the logic in using it as a shortcut. a necessary evil, as it were.
on the tube, at home, on my bike, in the background, actively listening to it – believe me, i didn't just give it a cursory listen then dismiss it. Every time i went back to it i went back hoping that this time it'd make sense, that i'd hear something that made me go 'YES!' this is AWESOME! But every time i ended up in the same place.
I get the complex layering, i really do, and i have no quibbles with the technical excellence of the album – as i say above, they can't half write a riff. My problem with the album is that, i suppose, it gets lost in its cleverness, and ends up being about the minutiae rather than the overall impact – which, in my view, is frustratingly bland.
I reckon they'd be blinding live though.
are actually what i do like about this album - it's just that the whole package doesn't quite hang together. I actually found it really frustrating as those intricacies came to light, because i can SEE what they're trying to do, and i really really WANTED to like it, but it never quite lived up to the expectations that were created. a case of not seeing the wood for the trees, possibly?
Must have missed the memo that included the formula for 'what reviews must look like nowadays'.
My aim was to represent my overall experience of the festival and feelings about those who played - rather than pull together a detailed breakdown of what bands played what songs in what order and what facial expressions they pulled. Yes it's irreverent and *OH MY GOD* disrespectful in places, but it's a heavy metal festival for chrissakes. It was often hilarious- intentionally and unintentionally – and i'd rather portray that than get all po-faced about the technical ability of Tommy Iommi.
Sorry, my bad – i stand corrected. any chance of an edit, Sean or Andrzej?
You never called, you never wrote.. hug?
he's in better shape than Ozzy to be sure! I was actually very impressed by them musically - not least the self-assuredness of their act. Iommi in particular was absolutely mesmerising – it kinda felt like every so often he'd think 'do i have something to prove here? Nah. i INVENTED metal.'
but they just bore me to tears. God knows i've tried hard enough to like them, but to be frank i just so bored by them. sorry.
throwing bricks at trains - that and manatee are the best songs on the album. i'm gonna get a t-shirt with I AM THE FEARSOME BROWN on it made!