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Post-Saville its probably a wise move for Mute not to push the vaguely peado-friendly line The Guardian adopted when trying to push this band's first album something along the lines that the man is in his 30’s, the lady still a teenager and they might....or might not have shagged at one point and it was all.. .or might not be... in the lyrics. All the forced intrigue did nothing to mask the ...

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 May 2013

Post-Saville its probably a wise move for Mute not to push the vaguely peado-friendly line The Guardian adopted when trying to push this band's first album something along the lines that the man is in his 30’s, the lady still a teenager and they might....or might not have shagged at one point and it was all.. .or might not be... in the lyrics. All the forced intrigue did nothing to mask the fact that the music was... .well.... a bit wishy washy. But now they are back, bigger, bolder and all members of the band are now safely over the age of consent. They have added big guitars to their locker and are now a proper band. It therefore obliterates they slightly sickly feyness of their previous work which is a good thing but for the first third of the album they still are a rather predictable unit, sounding like one of the also ran brand of 90’s noise-poppers that were produced to the hilt rather than leaving everything to chance and providing the element of surprise like...say...The Breeders.


A flip through the internet reveals this is getting plenty of good reviews everywhere and it ticks all the right boxes, the opening tracks, however, are just a little scrubbed and studied for my liking. ‘Dream Machines’ has a more interesting production and is half way to memorable, they at last sound like they are believing in what they are singing. The album does seem to be getting better as it casts off the polished pop/rock sound and takes more chances with the sound and they start to sound less like an acoustic duo with noisy guitars tacked on and by the time you get to the gorgeous, woozy stripped back ‘Pristine’ something that is a whole lot more intriguing and the remaining tracks have something of the warped harmonies of Joy Zipper which suits them much more than any bluster. File under: improving.



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