06 February 2013
Shoegaze is all the rage at the moment. Spawned from the chillwave genre that hit the radio-air-waves in 2010, it has seen countless rock bands attach whammy bars to their guitars, use a hefty amount of reverb and write songs about shoegazing. My Bloody Valentine are the latest in a long line of acts to adopt this sound. With their name a clever cross between fellow shoegazers My Chemical Romance and Bullet For My Valentine, it appears that singer Kevin Shields has the right idea, but the production doesn't really hold up against efforts by fellow shoegazers Wavves or Tame Impala.
First off, the vocals are way too buried, with some of the guitars being way too loud for any enjoyment. I'd hate to see how this comes off live; with the loud guitar volumes and reliance on reverb, I cannot imagine how this album would translate.
Secondly, there was no lyric sheet with the album, which is fine if one can hear the words, but shoegazers won't have a hope of singing along.
Thirdly, the mastering seems to have been comprised, with a woozy quality suggesting that somebody left the master tape on the dashboard of a car in the sun. Sloppy, and disappointing. Then again, without a major label attached to this release, such issues can happen.
Fourthly, the cover art seems to be blurry and lo-res, which actually matches the music, luckily.
A fun record but ultimately forgettable. Maybe if this band can attract a name producer such as Bob Rock or Gotye, they will be a success.
13 June 2013
It seems as long as societies are plagued by greed, excess and misuse of power, stories of saviours will continue to resonate with audiences.
12 June 2013
While Feel could be a much-needed palate cleanser for the band, fans looking for the dizzy crushing in If You Can’t Hang or the reserved textures of Roger Rabbit should check all expectations at the door.
04 June 2013
More Light is Primal Scream’s most ambitious and exciting record in a decade.
31 May 2013
Ever think you’d witness instrument destruction by a man dressed in a shiny golden dress surrounded by Lycra clad dancers in the Concert Hall of Sydney’s prestigious Opera House? Neither did we.
28 May 2013
They say in order to truly understand the English language you must first understand Latin.
16 May 2013
The indie rock five-piece entered the stage to the strains of David Bowie's Young Americans, which was a fitting introduction to the energetic show that would follow.
06 May 2013
Tool's arena tour is a violent reminder of the progressive sound that has remained impervious to trends or copycat newcomers.
29 April 2013
In Maitland, it’s not unusual to spot the odd cow or horse hanging out in a roadside paddock. But, dinosaurs and giraffes walking up the main street can only mean one thing: the Moo is back in town.
29 April 2013
The depth of influence that the original incarnation of Black Sabbath has had on hard rock and heavy metal over the last four decades can never really be understated.
26 April 2013
23 April 2013
Wayne Coyne described The Terror to this publication as “dissonant, even amongst itself”, which seemed like an exciting prospect.
16 April 2013
Just as he set out to do, Blake has scored a direct hit to the heart, in the most sonically arresting way.
26 March 2013
If this was a plan to have us associate last night with every youthful indiscretion that was mimicked in their first two records, then it worked.
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