Posts Tagged ‘review’

First off, I’d like to apologize. I haven’t written in a long time. I’ll seriously try to be more constant in the months to come.

So, here we come to the subject. Last week, I finally bought the latest CD from Death Cab For Cutie. It was after I saw their peeformance at Conan O’Brian’s show.

I first discovered Death Cab For Cutie in 2005, with their alblum Plans. I ‘ve been, like many other people, seduced by Soul Meets Body. In 2008, I followed them on their Narrow Stairs. I liked the new direction I was hearing there. They were not stearing in a totally different direction, just slowly exploring new paths. I kind of lost track of what they did after that, so when I pressed “play” I discovered something really interesting.

Home Is A Fire, the opening track, is probably my favorite. It’s jazzy cymbal shuffle, it’s
Structure, the sounds. It seems like the new path they started exploring on Narrow Stairs is now pushed to a higher level. The first comparison that came to my mind was Radiohead. Not that it sounds as Radiohead, but it kind of reminded of their evolution between The Bends and OK Computer. But at the same time, if you’re already a fan, you’re in common groundss too. I mean, they explore a bit, but the essence is still there.

I still need a few listens to fully appreciate the album, but I know for sure that it will get a lot of plays on my ipod this summer. It’s one of those “suprise” album that just goes beyond your expectations.<a

What a nice surprise to discover that Mogwai, the Glasgow-based rock band, was offering us the gift of a new Album. Even nicer to see that they will also follow with a tour, that will bring them to Montreal in May.

I have been a fan for 3 or 4 years, after a friend of mine made me listen to Haunted By a Freak. That was it. He then convinced me to go see them live. I new very few songs, but I was blown away by the show. They really transorted me into their sound-walled universe.

So, it’s with a lot of excitement that I put their latest CD, Hardcore will never die but you will, in my CD player (yes, call me a dinosaur if you will, but I still love my CDs). Once again, they didn’t disapoint me.

Let’s start by saying that this is not a “remake” of their previous album, as some bands would do. The mood is quite different that what they offered previously. I have to say that at the first listen, I didn’t notice as much hooks as on the previous album. No Christmas steps, no Haunted by a Freak, no Batcat. However, the more I listen to it, the more it grows inside of me.

Everything is there to make an amazing rock album. Great drum beats (White Noise for example), killer fuzz (Rano Pano), nice melodies (well…all tracks), funky song titles (You’re Lionel Richie), and even a song that has this Joy Division kind of vibe (Mexican Grand Prix).

Hi highly recommand this record. Better yet, check out their website at http://www.mogwai.co.uk/ and find out when they play near you. I guarantee that this is an experience you won’t forget soon.