The second of the recommended albums that I will be reviewing. The first was that Andrew Jackson Jihad record. Up next is Treasure by Cocteau Twins.
Oh My God. I’ve found it. The pure distilled essence of Hipsterdom. It’s this album. Ironic lyrics, overwhelming 80s fetish, song title with your spelled as Yr., colorful sunglasses, chick backup singer, lead singer with less than traditional vocals, ridiculous song titles. IT IS ALL HERE! This album is so underground I don’t even think I really own it because owning things is too mainstream. Also, the name of this band is a reference to the film V For Vendetta. I think. OK, that aside, the music is a giddy sugar high of synths, shout along choruses, and bass that is really reminiscent of the past few Of Montreal album.
But that is not to say the album doesn’t have flaws. Just because I enjoyed it, doesn’t mean I’m blind to it’s faults. This is an obnoxious record. Seriously, this band is totally douchey. I mean, yeah there is a sense of irony to the whole thing, but that doesn’t change things. I’ll paraphrase Cracked.com on this one: “It doesn’t matter if you pooped your pants ironically, you’re still known as the guy who has poop in his pants.” The album has an enjoyable sound, with the aforementioned synth lines acting as an ear worm. I enjoyed it, but would I recommend it? That depends. If you are a fan of bands like Cut Copy or Hot Chip, who do a similar sound (and in my opinion are better), I’d say give it a listen. Because it isn’t a bad album. It starts off really strong with the first three tracks being strong examples of why Synth-Pop can be good. But if you are the type of person who hates the 80s, or finds the sense of irony that bands like NPSH or Hot Chip tend to radiate annoying, stay far away from this album. Let’s just say a 3.5 out of 5 on this one. Michael, thanks for the rec and the motivation to increase the review size. Sorry if I come off as overtly negative about one of your favorite albums.
LOOK AT THIS BAND!!! LOOK AT THEM! You know there has to be a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon just outside of the shot.
I just found out the stage names for this band:
OK, even I hate this band. And I enjoyed the album!
REVIEW OF REVIEW FROM REQUESTER:
“That was terrible.”