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Contents stolen from Hits In The Car.

Before the new music (Kent, Idlewild, Athlete, Moby and Stereophonics) starts floating in during the next couple of days and steal all my attention, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few comments on the albums that have been on heavy rotation (or what do you call it when the music is played on the computer?) the past few weeks.

Doves: Some Cities
This band is only trailing Kent on my personal “Best band in the world”–list. So it was with great interest I awaited the release of the new album. Would it be anywhere near as good as the two first albums? Would I still be able to entitle them the “second best band in the world”?
The album has received great reviews and they indeed deserve it, because this album is so much better than most stuff released today. But after maybe 15 listens I’m still trying to convince myself that Some Cities is just as great as Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast. Unfortunately I cannot say it is because in the finest moments on the album the band sound like they are copying (or at least are VERY inspired by) themselves. So if this was my first Doves experience I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a fantastic album. However with my expectations in mind (logically they were based on my previous Doves experiences) I will have to settle for a “very good album” verdict. But no doubt – they are indeed still “the second best band in the world”!
Best songs:
1) Walk in Fire
2) Almost Forgot Myself
3) Some Cities

Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
I bought the album entirely from reviews and recommendations without knowing (or even listening to) a single song. The album wasn’t an instant winner and I had to listen to it a couple of times before realizing what a great album it is. A little bit of country, a twist of Paul Simon, a squeeze of Neil Young, the magic of Emmylou Harris, some ingredients I’m not able to identify and a large chunk of Conor Oberst mixed together gives us this wonderful cocktail. I’m still working on getting familiar with Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, which probably is just as great. But two albums at the same time from the same artist is in my opinion a very large “dose”.
Best songs:
1) Another Travelin’ Song
2) Land Locked Blues
3) At the Bottom of Everything


Thirteen Senses: The Invitation
So far it hasn’t been possible to get my own copy of this album. And since it won’t be officially released in Denmark until some time in April, I did something I normally won’t do. I asked a friend (located somewhere, where you can actually BUY the album), to mail me the songs as MP3 files. But I’ve pre-ordered the album, so once I get it, I will hopefully be forgiven for this isolated case of breaking the law?
Thirteen Senses is not the most original band in the world (this description actually fits a lot of bands), because they do sound like a mix between Keane, Coldplay and Travis. But their song writing skills can easily be compared to the bands mentioned, so the album is a compilation of 12 very nice songs. Unfortunately it looks as if the world doesn’t need anymore bands like this, because the album only had a very short stay in the UK album chart. This fact shouldn’t really prevent anyone from checking this band out though, because they are worth it.
Best songs:
1) Into The Fire
2) Do No Wrong
3) The Salt Wound Routine

The Arcade Fire: Funeral
Since buying this album a couple of weeks back I’ve probably listened to it 15 times. At rateyourmusic and acclaimedmusic the album ranks among the very best of 2004 (1st respectively 5th place). So I’ve been really anxious to find out if The Arcade Fire is just another over-hyped band or if the album is really that great.
Is it the best album of 2004 then? I don’t know, because I haven’t heard every single release (and never will) of last year. But it’s definitely a very, very good album. What’s there not to like about the album? Some find the singers voice annoying, but it suits the music nicely. The songs are of great variety and none of them leave you disappointed. And when you realize that this is a debut album you cant help being extremely amazed.
Without a doubt an album I will play over and over again (there’s so much to discover) for a long time!
Best songs:
1) Rebellion (Lies)
2) Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
3) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/djradiohead DJRadiohead

    Nice quick review of Doves. I have to say, “Some Cities” has grown on me since I posted my review. I still think “The Last Broadcast” is their best but I think I am ready to put this new one in front of “Lost Souls.”

    At any rate, I do understand where you are coming from and generally agree with you.

  • http://lmwnow.blogspot.com/ Captain Oates

    I am currently listening to Arcade Fire – Funeral. It is a work of pure genius. A wonderful sound from the Montreal scene.

    Little man, what now?

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    i been meanin to pick up this Arcade Fire malakey. looks like im gonna have to.

    Stytzer, is there a way a fella could contact you via the ol’ email? i.e., i couldn’t find an address on your site.

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