Tough Love bring us a new Cymbals Eat Guitars album complete wth disturbo sleeve of a man wrapped up in stuff (well Houdini). Fans of Shudder To Think, Built To Spill and other American alt-rock style bands should take note in this brand new opus. Initial copies of this album come with a bonus 4 track CD (both formats are available with this).
Please note that Ian Mcshane was not harmed in the process of making this album.
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Okay indie poppers Cymbals Eat Guitars return this week with sophomore effort you've probably not been waiting for, but I expect you don't remember hating them either. They step out on the wrong foot sadly, instantly pummelling the listener with cinematic strings and weirdly compressed piano on opener 'Jackson' in a way that makes me think that they must've scrapped the ballsier Shudder To Think/Archers of Loafisms of their debut in order to try to hitch a ride on the money train. Well Jackson. My eyelid has started to twitch since this song started, don't try to tell me it's a coincidence.
Thankfully we soon get a glimpse of their strengths on 'Warning', with a big chunky post-grunge wall of guitars, shamelessly poppy hooks and an Eric Bachman-ish vocal rasp hitting all the right spots, but then there's the breathless sub-Against Me! folk-punk on 'XR' dragging me back into the 'anti' camp, then there's a wonky indie rocker that's okay, 'Place Names', before we plunge into sickly sentimental ballad 'Child Bride'...I could go on to discuss the terrible '80s pop affectations and late-era-Weezerisms that pop up during the second half of the album, but my point is that while it does boast a small handful of decent indie pop numbers, 'Lose' is sadly more miss than hit and it's a frustrating trudge trying to find the good bits.
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