Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It (2012) / Rating: 2/5
Judging by the lyrical content, this is a deeply personal album for Mike Hadreas that not everyone will find accessible, and I’ll be the first to say I had a hard time getting through a first listen. It’s pretty depressing… like really depressing. It’s not so much the somberness that gets me down, but the way that every song is seemingly the same thing over and over again (only with subtle differences). On top of that, the emotional impact of the songs lost their muster when I was constantly being barraged with what felt like a lot of cheesy arrangements. There are certainly some interesting moments through out the record, but not enough to make me want to come back for more.
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror (2012) / Rating: 3/5
I wasn’t much of a Sleigh Bells fan when their debut album was released two years ago, but I thought I’d give their new record a chance. For the most part it’s pretty much what I expected. There are a few songs with decent hooks, such as “End Of The Line”. However, a lot of what I heard was borderline cringe worthy due to Sleigh Bells incessant need to be over the top and almost cheesy. Placing guitar metal solos over drum machines just doesn’t appeal to me I guess.
When she’s not using voice modulation to make herself sound like a chipmunk, (unless she really get can get in that high vocal range, then I’m impressed) she’s got a really nice voice. The album at times reminds me of Bjork’s “Biophilia”, which I think was conceptually more complex, but not as pop-friendly as Grimes’ “Visions”. Overall it’s definitely worth checking out.
A pleasant surprise, since admittedly I hadn’t heard much about Talabot’s other work. The album starts off really great, both “Depak Ine” and “Destiny” are amazing tracks. From there however, ƒin never fully regains the traction of the opening songs. It’s definitely worth checking out though, if you’re into bands like Caribou or other electronic music.
The fact that AIR created a new score for Georges Méliès’ “A Trip To The Moon” is pretty awesome, and I’m glad they decided to further it with a full album of songs. After AIR’s last album “Love 2” (which was just awful), I’m glad they’ve come back with something conceptually different and yet musically very similar to their first few albums.
This is my first time listening to a Chairlift album from start to finish, and while I mostly enjoyed it, it never really grabbed a hold me. There are definitely a few good tracks here (particularly “Amanaemonesia”), but overall it’s repetitive and the “80s pop” sound began to wear on me after awhile. If you liked Chairlift before, “Something” shouldn’t disappoint.
It’s not as bad as some music blogs will have you believe, I’m not even sure what the big deal is. She’s got a great voice, but I guess for some, it’s impossible to like someone who uses a “stage name” and has PR people, must suck for David Bowie, Bob Dylan, or Jack White. With that said, the album itself isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either. If you liked Del Rey’s other songs, you’ll probably get some enjoyment from the rest of her work. The record suffers most from the rushed production after the success of her EP. Given more time to develop, I think Del Rey has some potential.
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory (2012) / Rating: 4/5
Reminds me of some of At-The Drive In’s earlier records, which is pretty cool. At times it borderlines on being too much of a “pop-punk” sound for my taste, but the record always seems to bring it back to something edgier and very intriguing.