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I bloody loved that Mercury-winning Klaxons album. I don't know why, I never exactly listened to it much soon after release. Then they had a record with a "catstronaut" on the cover that sold like a bag of greased up adjustable cardboard spanners. Good picture though. These day-glo fools are back and musically they've regressed beyond pop parody into what Ian at work (who went to see McBusted with his wife a few weeks ago) termed "fucking One Direction" which in turn encouraged extra snorts of derision from Clinton. I rescued this album from their evil clutches into my own welcoming bosom (yes, I do have a real bosom) to be stroked and have its stupid songs nurtured back from the crevice of rejection and hatred.
I would like to try to live up to the Mother Music image I've just cynically created out of pure malice but I can't be arsed. This album is often lazy, bland, goofy, vacuous and very shit. Isn't this aural bum gravy the kind of thing that should be sold in Asda? To be a little more reasonable, this is possibly a perfectly natural progression for them as, much like the dreaded Hot Chip, they were hardly edgy to begin with so selling out can mean nothing more than French kissing the lizard tongue of the industry's whims. "Write some turgid crap they'd play on t' local radio, please lads".
So whilst I feel like I'm listening to some Radio 1 arseface's selection at my tender age of knocking on 42, I find if you treat these songs as pure pop with their undeniably pretty, bombastic moments and the ...erm "heavenly" harmonies, then it's not a total write-off. The downtempo Jarre-esque twinkle of a dreamlike instrumental, 'Liquid Light', is a particular gem worth hunting for. There's a smattering of interesting production ideas to be sniffed out all throughout this very European pop album if you could be bothered casting a critical eye over such a "contractual obligation"
'Love Frequency' (but not its title track) actually improves a lot towards the end as 'The Dreamers' reveals itself to be an exotic tribal pop beauty that would have sounded at home on Mute Records in the 80's. Then 'Atom Atom' is the most kicking of "radio A-play' style tracks, replete with a stomping dancefloor punch. Maybe check the James Murphy produced opener (not bad really) and wind through to them three near the end I mentioned. Fun EP that. Well done lads.....
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