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I do wish I had an ounce of Alexis Taylor’s self confidence. I find it amazing when musicians have the balls to record and release an album without seemingly ever having previously shown the talent to do such a thing whereas I can't put a leg inside a trouser of a morning without being wracked with doubt. Here he is then, vocally the weakest of many weak links in Hot Chip now with a solo si ...

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Await Barbarians by Alexis Taylor
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 June 2014

I do wish I had an ounce of Alexis Taylor’s self confidence. I find it amazing when musicians have the balls to record and release an album without seemingly ever having previously shown the talent to do such a thing whereas I can't put a leg inside a trouser of a morning without being wracked with doubt.

Here he is then, vocally the weakest of many weak links in Hot Chip now with a solo singer songwriter type album, the next thing you know he’s producing James Yorkston. I mean, how dare he? But is the problem with me, not him?   ‘Lazy Bones’ is a freeform, pointless opener but  ‘From the Halfway Line’ is a kind of ramshackle Robert Wyatt style effort which has a hazy strung out style that shows plenty of promise. ‘Without a Crutch 2’ meanwhile is a pleasant Badly Drawn Boy strumalong.

The album is made up of a lot of initimate slow tracks backed by simple synths and drum machine, they are not without their charm and Taylor’s reedy voice actually sounds better in this context than with Hot Chip where to me it drags things back a bit. ‘Dolly and Porter’ sums the album up; its nicely lo-fi and ramshackle and quite sweet but its not long until I get bored.

Like a Metronomy on downers,  the album is a drag at times but songs like ‘Am I Not A Soldier’ are really quite affecting and if you do like his voice (and many people do) you may enjoy listening to it in this stripped down context. Its hard for my mouth to form these words but I quite liked it. 


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