Monday, February 14, 2005

The Alchemical Brothers Sublimate Rock into Ether

With "Push the Button", those Chemical Brothers seem to have finally figured out this electronic rock ballad thing: ixnay on the boozy britpop banger 'n mash turgidity, no more fey wide-eyed indiepopper crooners awkwardly prodded into warbling over bloated stadium-house epics - just a steady rhythmic pulse plus layer after layer of lush, woozy, floaty, ghostly, shoegazey haze and backwards-masked vocals. It's almost worth having had to endure mid-90s alt. rock as the soundtrack of my teenagehood when I get to hear its ashes scattered so lovingly over "Hold Tight London". Wait, can I take that metaphor again? "Hold Tight" takes some slight, cod-African funk, dresses it up in a translucent veil sown from the fabric of so many forgotten album-closers, and things take a turn for the gorgeous. It's as if they took Phoenix's words to heart - there's much more dignity in defeat than in the grandest victory. Or better yet, it's as if the Avalanches remixed the Jaxx's "If I Ever Recover" (and if you know what I like then you know that praise doesn't come much higher around here). Best of all? No Richard Ashcroft! (BTW, If irony's death throes has Shatner covering "Common People", can we get a rousing Richie version of his lastnamesake's "Let the Eagle Soar"?)(Okay, that was cheap).

"Close Your Eyes" is real pretty too - as songs with glockenspiels dependably are - even if it treads a little too close to David Gray-esque dadrock-lite for (non-)comfort. And I don't have to inform you of the block-rocking hotness that is "Galvanize", do I? No, didn't think so.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kaiser Gestalt said...

Why don't we comment anymore?

11:06 PM  
Blogger Kaiser Gestalt said...

Oh come on, you gotta love that title.

11:15 PM  
Blogger jermaine noble said...

i don't know why we stopped commenting. temporary pun shortage, perhaps.

PS. nothing could actually be as good as that imagined avalanches remix.

12:30 AM  

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