Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Am I the only person who thinks the Death From Above 1979 album is kind of flat? I love the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, so the two-instrument attack shouldn't be a problem. It's got craft and charge, but even if vocalist Sebastien Grainger offered more than retro-machismo (I own no Deep Purple and yet I want to say they remind me of Deep Purple), I'd probably complain about the lack of groove. There's no lower-body throb in the music to justify the autopilot lust in the lyrics. Their cold and reedy sound makes it hard for me to acknowledge the hooks and forgive the generic sentiments. The quality of a track seems to rely on how many extra instruments were overdubbed. I know one guy plays "bass," but I think they could use a bassist.

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