The Patch

March 23, 2007

Friday 23rd March

Filed under: Music & Film — Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 4:35 pm

It’s been most quiet…

Sorry, not much witty banter from me this week. I probably won’t be able to write anything remotely entertaining or interesting for some time so the next few weeks shall just be articles I’ve already done but have not been on The Patch yet. This week, some reviews.

Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

2007 has been rather disappointing so far for the North American indie scene. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new record was a tedious trip through too many ideas trying to find coherence; Wincing the Night Away was good though nothing compared to Chutes Too Narrow for The Shins, and the less said about the overblown, pretentious ramblings of Neon Bible, the better (My body is a cage? Fuck off.). So a lot rested on the shoulders of Isaac Brock to create something special to make for this disappointment and keep the scene’s respectability. Thank the indie Lord for Isaak Brock.

Modest Mouse are universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest bands in the world, and this record only goes further to prove that. Following the usual MM formula (lots of songs, one big one, lots of variety), this comfortably sits alongside contemporary classics like The Moon and Antarctica and The Lonesome Crowded West.

can do in their sleep.

New recruit, Johnny Marr, is a revelation, with his delicate guitar work evident on the more sedate moments that keep this LP grounded and meaningful. ‘Fire It Up’ is astonishing at conveying the more emotional aesthetics of the band, and is one of the most beautiful songs you’ll ever hear.

The two highlights of this affair are the gentle ‘Little Motel’ and the altogether more heart racing ‘Florida’. The former’s lullaby style immaculately shows off why Marr is considered a pop genius, his stunning intricacies weaving around Brock’s softer vocals. And ‘Florida’ has one of the greatest choruses known to rock.

Merging their more recent pop approach with their more experimental early work. ‘We Were Dead…’ is an album by a band maturing into the legends that so many think they are. Before this, they had nothing left to prove, and yet they’ve still created quite probably the album of the year. The greatest band of this generation? Natch.

 

9.2/10

 

 

Air Traffic – Charlotte

Similar enthusiastic pop as their previous two singles, and this is just as fantastic an example in how to produce a sub three minute mini classic. Still on course for 2007’s best new band.

8.2/10

 

Bright Eyes – Four Winds

Often referred to as this generation’s Dylan, Conor Oberst seems to have taken that comparison just a bit too far. With more than just a nod to old Bob, this is a decent enough effort, but too over the top in its religious vitriol, and in need of a few new influences. And it completely rips off the melody of ‘Do Ron Ron’.

6.3/10

 

The Good, the Bad and the Queen – Green Fields

Many things were expected of this magical combination of minds, but with efforts like this each member may have been best left to their own devices. A dull little tale that plods along pleasantly without the merest threat of sticking in the memory.

3.8/10

 

 

Record of the Week

 

I’ll be very self indulgent and go for this.

 

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