UK underground indie pop heroes Comet Gain are having selected highlights from their discography released in fine style by M’Lady’s Records: remastered and on vinyl. Réalistes is their 2002 album, a swaggering bit of fun that features appearances from Kathleen Hanna and Peter Momtchiloff.
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- Realistes by Comet Gain
2/10 Heart & Hand jukebox jockey Customer review, 15th February 2017
I'm no journalist but let me bullet point my criticisms of this release for you ...I feel duty-bound.
Over their career this outfit have perfected a sound that is the aural equivalent of a throng of noisy posers you'd be keen to hurriedly and roughly eject from the kitchen of any party...
They have a hairbrush-mic vocal style i.e. you can hear them out of breath bopping in front of the studio mirror, dangling their librarian fringes at exactly the right angle.
They can twiddle knobs pretty good, selecting precisely the right buzzes and fizzy growls to sound edgy and of the right charity shop era, but I challenge any listener to point out a single moment of remarkable play, exciting arrangement or message / cohesive vision (beyond "two-timing at a fresher students' art party" that is).
Insincere lyrics (or at least it really sounds it to me) - I would like to refer you to the track "Why I Try To Look So Bad" ...this one is perhaps the cringiest of them all... I just checked to see if it is on Youtube and it is, the comments made me laugh - go check.
Sorry for the negativity but this release makes the hairs on the back of my neck in-grow... I will conclude by saying that this album is as cool as a protest fag-burn on mum's garden bench... as cheerless and unimportant as your least memorable dumping, all sulky and heartless, twisted by some utterly contrived and now completely forgotten teen affectation. Please, for all our sakes, don't throw away your money on this.
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