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Post by skalpel » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:55 pm

Abdominal and the Obliques - Sitting Music
<gold> <gold> <gold> <grey> <grey>

A cool, lazy, who-cares sort of style and musicianship with tight vocals and amusing lyrics. An aptronymous album if there ever was one. Sock Hop probably was the best track on offer, the little guitar hook was sweet and the whole piece seemed a good summation of the album's intentions. Others weren't so good. Courage, for instance, was a bit erk. Even when done ironically that sort of thing is difficult to not cringe at.

I didn't think I was going to enjoy his vocals after Inoutro and Broken, but actually they turned out pretty enjoyable. During the first of the two shorter tracks he flipped into Spanish seamlessly which was nod-grin-worthy, then the second was (as far as I recall) entirely a cappella which sounded cool and deserves a clap. His singing voice wasn't so bad either, so it was nice to hear more made use of it as the album drove on. I didn't end up loving his voice, but I can't imagine any other style achieving what he set out to achieve, so it works and ought not to change.

Also obviously after my last review I can't avoid nodding at the use of a nicely toned Hammond on Hot Cross Buns (though I think it may actually have been the GarageBand Hammond sound - willing to be disproven and who cares really, it sounded nice), which was probably the next best track after Sock Hop, even if it was a bit rambly in both melody and lyric.

Overall it's an album with focus, with one idea. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, indeed it had personality, but it did mean a sort of redundancy had long taken hold by the time the record had ended. I probably won't remember much about it and that doesn't strike me as a particularly sad thing. Sixty per cent, three out of five golden stars.

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Post by Little Lion Man » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:26 pm

Abdominal and the Obliques - Sitting Music <gold> <gold> <gold> <grey> <grey>

<notbad> Wasn't keen on the first few songs but gradually got better and it was actually quite enjoyable overall. I got a bit bored during some of the longer songs though, especially Courage. The song Breathe Deep had a slightly similar idea to Courage but was far superior in my opinion. The short and sweet songs were all pretty decent as well.

Highlight of the album for me was definitely Hot Cross Buns <ok> Although I must admit that I enjoyed A Brief History of the Chicken Wing a bit more than I should have (even though it made me crave chicken wings <urgh> )!

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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by Little Lion Man » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:49 pm

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Post by Ramone » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:17 am

This s*** needs reviving.
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Post by Cal » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:32 am

No, I killed it on a good note. Also Abdominal & the Obliques are currently touring the UK. <whistle>

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Post by Ramone » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:46 am

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Post by FogOnTheRhine » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:35 pm

Okay so for ease and because I can't be bothered with the faff I'll just pick an album for now. Suggestions are welcome though.

I've gone for one that I know some people will have heard but regardless it's great and this can be a chance to say what you think about it whether it's new to you or not:

Hail To The Thief - Radiohead

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Many of the album's lyrics were written in response to the War on Terror and the resurgence of right-wing politics in the West after the turn of the millennium. Songwriter and vocalist Thom Yorke said the album expresses "frustration and powerlessness and anger, and the huge gap between the people that put themselves in control and the people that allegedly voted for them."
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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by skalpel » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:02 pm

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
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A much-maligned album with a mix of soggy patches and strong peaks. It's probably their safest album in that there's nothing much new going on; something especially odd when you think of the giant leaps in style they'd made in the past. But among the mediocre there are undoubtedly some really good songs. "Go to Sleep" and "There There" are particular highlights.

It's safeness makes it a bad album to listen to first if you're new to Radiohead. Much of it is run of the mill and there's a big reliance on Thom Yorke's vocals which can be off-putting if you think, as undoubtedly many do, that he sounds like the infant Tyrannosaurus from The Lost World having a stroke. Particularly it would render otherwise forgettable plodders like "Sail To The Moon" and "We Suck Young Blood" quite insufferable. I grew to enjoy his voice, though, so it doesn't bother me, but it ought to be said that he doesn't exactly excel on this release either: as with near everything else on the album, he plays it safe.

Once upon a time I rated this among their best, but I'm now well enough convinced that I must have been drunk at the time. Good moments and dull moments. Not their best, but nor their worst. 3.5/5.

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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by skalpel » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:57 pm

What a f***ing surprise <awe>.

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Post by Ramone » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:31 pm

I'm going to listen to it tonight you ****
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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by Ramone » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:12 pm

Hail to the Thief - Radiohead: <gold> <gold> <gold> <half> <grey>

I haven't really listened to any Radiohead outside of this album mainly because I presumed I would hate them. If the rest of their output is like the majority of this album then that's not the case. There are some really, really good songs on this album. Myxomatosis and There, There stand out in particular.

There's a real urgency to a lot of the songs that I liked and it's probably the reason I didn't enjoy the middle third of the album, it slows down significantly and the songs just sound like Yorke talking slowly over a bad DJ Shadow song.

I'll definitely seek out more Radiohead stuff now.
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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by Seagull » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:08 pm

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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by Matthieu » Sat May 16, 2015 10:02 pm

I've participated in these on other forums and it's always good craic <ok> I'll put up reviews for the three nominated albums so far later tonight. 8)
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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

Post by beardface » Sat May 23, 2015 7:55 am

Brilliant contribution as always, Toondes. We're lucky to have you on this forum.

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Re: The ToonForum Album Club

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