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30 Sep 13
Glow and Behold is Yuck's mellower, more mature and generally more boring follow up to 2011's nostalgic but hugely enjoyable debut. Gone are the rough and ready blasts of youthful/tuneful grunge and in come a batch of slowed down, over-produced tracks which are occasionally brightened up by a bit of rough in an unfortunate sea of "meh". Some of the blame must lie with producer Chris Coady, who should really know better having worked with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On the Radio in the past, but in all fairness it would take a miracle worker to liven up some of these songs.
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13 Feb 12
Tennis’ debut album Cape Dory was notable for its (intentionally?) terrible faux-eighties sleeve artwork and poppy, but harmless contents. The follow up comes almost exactly a year later and the band have enlisted The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney as producer in the hope of adding an extra rawness and edge to their music. This may seem like a naïve attempt to shake off some of the flak they received in the aftermath of their debut (Pitchfork described it as a “triple-folded blanket of nostalgia”) but they’ve actually pulled it off to some degree of success.
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02 May 11
The past few years were very much a time for musical throwbacks. We had Shoegaze in the form of A Sunny Day In Glasgow and Warpaint, polished late-80s pop in Twin Shadow’s Forget and sneaking in without much fanfare back in 2009 was Smith Westerns’ debut album; a nod to glam-rock and an Electric Warrior for the Lo-Fi generation.
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21 Feb 11
Formed from the ashes of Cajun Dance Party and having made it onto the BBC's Sound Of 2011 list it's fair to say that Yuck have been on the receiving end of a high share of media hype. It may be a blessing in disguise that this hype hasn't quite reached the heady heights of fellow listees The Vaccines and Yuck have managed to plug away to growing (mostly celeb-free)audiences without the looming fear of instant backlash.
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11 Oct 10
Lisbon might not seem like the most glamorous or cool destination but The Walkmen were sufficiently moved by its apparent “odd” vibe that they have named their latest record in its honour. Although Lisbon gets the plaudits, the influence which comes through heavily on this album is the stripped back sound of Sun Studios in Memphis which has been successfully emulated on many of these tracks. Of the 28 reportedly recorded for this record just 11 have made the cut.