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Its amazing that a band can release two albums of Pitchfork-approved pop music  whilst muggins here  remains completely oblivious to  them. There again so much comes out each week that its impossible for the busy man to keep up. They have a terrible name (what is it with band names and bears?) and the cover art is horrid. I also hate the album title - its one of those horrid all enc ...

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I Love You, It's Cool by Bear In Heaven
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 March 2012

Its amazing that a band can release two albums of Pitchfork-approved pop music  whilst muggins here  remains completely oblivious to  them. There again so much comes out each week that its impossible for the busy man to keep up. They have a terrible name (what is it with band names and bears?) and the cover art is horrid. I also hate the album title - its one of those horrid all encompassing attempts at a one-size-fits-all name. I was quite suprised to read that Pitchfork see the music as unclassifiable where its pretty obvious to me that the band sits somewhere between New Order, Pet Shop Boys, The Chameleons and some kind of heavy raincoated euro synth pop. The sound is a very heavy, very compressed dark swirl which really isn't that far away from the European flavoured early Simple Minds albums which are currently enjoyed some kind of long overdue renaissance. They have the same focus on electronics married to stadium like guitar trills. The opening track on here 'Idle Heart' is the only track that has really impressed me. The vocals pure Neil Tennant, electronics pure Chris Lowe but the atmospheres recall The Blue Nile in their rainy, windswept grandeur. The songs are darkly swirling, processed things with huge dollops of Mew histrionics  and Flock of Seagulls whimsy but I'm not sure whether the whole adds up to a lot more than some clever production and a whole heap of obvious comparisons. There's a lot of good ideas floating around (all of course have been done before, usually by the Pet Shop Boys) but I'm not sure my brain will cope with much more of these heavy gothy synth lads.  Though I'm not ruling out enjoying it in future when I find myself lost on on some rainswept industrial estate, the more the album wears on the more I can't help thinking of the Flight of the Conchords 'Inner City Pressure'.




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