Saturday, April 5, 2008

Oh, Wow

My friend at work and I have this running joke that if anyone over the age of 40 asks one of us what kind of music we listen to, we say: Rock and Roll. It's just too daunting a task to try and explain to someone who probably doesn't really give a shit the myriad vagaries of music that is not Top 40.

I'll be the first to say that I have a bias towards all sounds electronic, but the first quarter of 2008 really has been ruled by electronic music or artists borrowing heavily from the electronic sound. Cases in point:

This is why it's so fucking exciting that someone finally released a good-old fashioned rock album this year!

It's not nearly as dirty as No Wow or Keep On Your Mean Side, but I've never been a huge fan of tracks entirely composed of distorted guitars anyhow (and is it any wonder that Jamie Hince is the spitting image of Lou Reed?).

What this album is, is a perfect example of how a band is supposed to evolve without losing their base sound/fans/integrity. Odd, too, that on a lot of tracks Alison Mosshart sounds like Liz Phair's younger, gruffer sister (see: M.E.X.I.C.O.) - you can almost imagine that this is the music Phair would be producing now had she not gone down the primrose pop path post Guyville. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Midnight Boom is also completely amazing since it was inspired by the 1967 documentary Pizza Pizza Daddy-O about school kids' clapping games and songs. This is heard most blatantly on the track Cheap and Cheerful whose video has me wanting to make sweet passionate love to The Kills.

Long story short: Go. Buy.

And, uh, anyone up for some Miss Suzy Had A Steamboat?

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