6/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 December 2012
Memory this, memory that. I can’t discern one Memory band from the other these days. This one seems to have decided that the way forward is to melt early Depeche Mode with mid ‘70s synth prog. The opening track here is a mish mash of various styles, starting off as a slow Galaxie 500 esque waltz - his voice has something of the Peter Cetera about it, which is something, I suppose, the track flits this way and that, a ‘pop-era’ of sorts, veering into a whole second section featuring farting bass but nothing really hits you with any force and the major emotion to be gained is one which urges the listener’s finger to press ‘skip’.
Which would be a good idea as ‘Thru the Field’ is better, sounding uncannily like Neil Tennant guesting on ‘Speak and Spell’, it chirps along nicely before it is decided that a big fat synth solo would be useful, oh and then an elongated New Order bassline would be a good idea, then a twiddly guitar solo. The songs never end. In fact if I didn’t keep skipping I’d fear they would go on forever. It could be the result of writing tunes on Logic (or similar computer programs), there is a tendency to ‘look’ at the music rather than listen to it.
Despite some pretty decent pop moments, most listeners will be completely fed up by now, there’s nothing wrong with progressive pop done well, Mew for example create multi-part songs that keep the interest going. But this is distinctly annoying, partly due to the terrible trebly sounds used, the shrill voice and the feel that the writer is trying to be ‘clever’ rather than to just create a good pop record. Fans of Postal Service, Passion Pit might find something in here of interest if they can stick with it but to be honest it’s doing my head in.
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