The fifth LP from The Amazing features more of the heartfelt, slightly shoegazey indie-rock that has served the band well up to this point. Tracks like ‘Rewind’ and ‘Pull’, with their delicate grooves and singer Christoffer Gunrup’s dreamy vocal, come off as pitched somewhere between The Antlers and The National. Out via Partisan Records.
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Being a glass half full kind of guy I'm going straight for the jugular in stating that the Amazing have made one of this years best albums and interrupted it with one of this year's most horrible tracks. After a near perfect example after near perfect example of their lovely atmospheric shoegaze rock they decide to break things up a bit with a skronk noise workout at the end of a fairly decent track called 'Benson se Conviritio Completamente Furiosa'.
It might be harsh but...
No. You. Total. Arseholes. Because the rest of the album is so utterly beautiful. Each track is a slowly unfurling example of the kind of thing they do where they marry Mark Kozelek's pre-idiocy plaintive indie rock with the best bits of the sound that War On Drugs conjur up. The Amazing albums have always had moments where they sound like Red House Painters and moments they don't. On 'In Transit' they sound like Red House Paintings most of the way through and this brings a much needed consistency to the record. Most of the way through it's thoughtful, melancholic indie rock of a very high standard. Most of the way through it's he kind of sad guitar spangled thing you could stare out of train windows forever to. But however great the record is you can't listen to it in one sitting because five minutes of it sounds like Slash channeling Ornette Coleman...for fucking ages .....and it's always this bit that people walk in on when I play it. "But the rest of it is great!" I plead. But the Amazing have done a very cruel thing and they must be punished.
Revenge is best served sweet. I've dropped them a mark. Imagine what a 9 would have felt like, lads. That could have been you. Now go back home and think about what you have done.
8/10 Doofus Customer review, 19th April 2018
Since the blissed out wonder of their first 2 albums it may seem like it's a case of diminishing returns with each Amazing album.
That really isn't the case though - what they've managed is a neat trick of making really good albums.... everytime. Combining jazz, psychedelia and folk into a kind of melodious, freeform pop with a tinge of doom and regret. They have a kind of hypnotic melancholia that bands like The National can only dream of, not that The National deserve to be compared to them. For the first timer you could start with any of their records, you really won't be disappointed
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