Monthly Archives: July 2008

Battles – Mirrored [2007]

It was one of the surprise critical hits of last year, but Battles’ Mirrored hasn’t escaped your careful consideration just yet. Here’s a few picks from critic and reader submitted sound bites; if you think you can better then do share!

“Sprawling space age sounds with mathematic deliberation and hypnotic rhythms.”

“It’s a collection of songs, of twisting and intertwining melodies and beat patterns, that make the listener want to get up and jump around; they’re songs for handclaps and finger snaps.”

-Drowned in Sound

Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097″

-Pitchfork

Mirrored is easily the most instrumentally intensive album I’ve heard this year.”

-Dusted

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Adem – Homesongs [2004]

For your delight, we have compiled a list of popular sound bites to do with Adem’s 2004 release, Homesongs. If you think they are all nonsense, then feel free to submit your own or vote against them.

“[Adem] has that rare ability to simply sing a song, with the unadorned directness of someone who is unbothered by any sense of performing his creations.”

-PopMatters

“Beautifully conceived and executed variations of folkish principles shape this excellent debut, steering clear of the more complex folktronic conceits employed so famously by his curly-haired, gifted compadre.”

-Boomkat

“Abandoning the instrumentals and concepts, stripping away his surname and his bass lines, Ilhan has found his voice and exposed his soul for this debut.”

-The Guardian

“[Homesongs is] an album of husky voices and delicately played instruments that, at its best, is as warm and comforting as a sun-drenched blanket after a cold swim.”

-Stylus

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Arcade Fire – Neon Bible [2007]

Where would any self-respecting music website be without a review of Neon Bible, that’s right…In the middle of nowhere of course. For you delectation, please find selected sound bites about Arcade Fire’s sophomore record.

“Blissed out ethereal sounds complete with stunning song writing and dreamy aesthetics.”

“I HATE it when i have to try SO FUCKING HARD TO HEAR WHAT THE FUCK GOES ON WITH THE INSTRUMENTS!?!?”

Metacritic

“Arcade Fire have streamlined the raw, large sound of Funeral into something that achieves the same magnitudinous scale through more economical means.”

-Pitchfork

” Like the band who made it, Neon Bible is a thrilling enigma.”

-The Guardian

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Amiina – Kurr [2007]

Next on the list of sound bites is Amiina, with their 2007 effort, Kurr. We asked our readers how they would describe the album in a sentence and have compiled the results alongside reviews from more established sites.

Our survey said…

Kurr is a combination of gentle melodies, heart felt plucking and soul led compositions.”

“Weak and over-produced, Amiina prove on this record that they are nothing without Sigur Rós.”

“Totally essential stuff and a massive recommendation.”

-Boomkat

“Amiina’s début album is a work of subtle beauty, but like that unprecedented end to a day that never happened, explore Kurr too deeply and only frustration will be your reward.”

-Drowned in Sound

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Arcade Fire – Funeral [2004]

We asked our readers to submit their own sound bites about Arcade Fire’s debut album, Funeral. Here’s what they had to say, along with our selection of sound bites from established reviewers.

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“Enchanting, ghostly and at some points, downright depressing. Arcade Fire do what they do best in Funeral, their best record to date.”

“While falling for the hype back in ’06, after re-evaluation Funeral sounds more lethargic than cathartic.”

“Even in its darkest moments, Funeral exudes an empowering positivity.”

Pitchfork

Funeral captures the agony and even ecstasy of surviving death all around you.

Rolling Stone

Funeral, the band’s follow-up to their revelatory DIY debut, documents a passionate and thoughtful indie-rock band whose perspectives and convictions are bolstered by their everyday lives.”

-Dusted

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A Silver Mt. Zion – 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons [2008]

We asked readers to wax lyrical about A Silver Mt. Zion’s 2008 album, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons. Here’s their choice of A Silver Mt. Zion sound bites, as well as a a few sound bites from “established” reviewers, if you think you can do better, feel free to leave a comment saying so.

“A jaw dropping, genre expansive gem. Fractured songs and leaping lullabies alongside Menuch’s unique voice really set this record apart from the rest.”

“Why. Must. He. Keep. Singing?”

“Righteous anger is the emotion that dominates 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons, leaving its listeners feeling rather scolded.”
Pitchfork

“On 13 Blues, it seems like SMZ are more interested in making their own movie than just providing a backdrop.”
Dusted

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Patti Smith – Horses [1975]

We asked readers to submit their own sound bites regarding Patti Smith’s 1975 album, Horses. Here’s what a few of them had to say…If you think you can do better, feel free to leave a comment saying so.

“Rapturous ramblings and jangling instrumentation can be found in this, Smith’s penultimate record.”

Or…

“What the hell is this shit?”

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