Posts Tagged ‘The Strokes

05
Apr
11

Second Impressions of Angles

My first listen to Angles left me feeling very confused. Parts of it were just what I was hoping the album would be, other bits just felt weird and creepy. So in order to help me understand it a bit better, I listened to it again and wrote down what I thought of each song. That didn’t make particularly interesting reading so I have just typed up my overall conclusions.

Machu Picchu, Under Cover of Darkness, Gratisfaction and Taken For a Fool are my favourite songs. They all have nice, colourful guitar and those classic Julian vocals that make him sound like he’s singing on an old fashioned microphone. I particularly love the lead guitars on Under Cover of Darkness when they harmonise and almost sound like they’re singing.

I find the other songs on this album a little disturbing. The low guitar and vocal drone give me the heeby jeebies and there seems to be an unwelcome 80s influence with the echo effect drums and keyboard. And is it just me, or is there also the sound of old games console music mingled in? When I listen to You’re So Right and hear the off-key guitar and scary monk-like backing singing, all the painful memories of playing Bowser’s Castle on Mario Kart Double Dash come flooding back (very unpleasant, always end up in the magma and want to cry). The introduction of Metabolism reminds me of the chilling theme to Death Egg Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Megadrive, and I swear I can hear the pitiful sounds of poor old Sonic drowning in the song Games (sadly I couldn’t find this noise on YouTube).

So anywho, from this I conclude that one half of the album sounds like The Strokes, and the other half sounds like the most depressing aspects of my childhood gaming persuits.

I will leave you with the dulcet sounds of my favourite Sonic 2 tune.

 

 

 

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