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6/10 Missing Planet Customer review, 9th October 2014
Sat in a bar somewhere in the sprawl Seville, Spain has become in early 2008, a music loving friend asked me what they best album of the previous year was. The answer I gave him was Goldrush – The Heart Is The Place. Even at the time I was aware that this wasn't because this album is a hidden classic but much more to do with the dearth of quality I'd heard that year. For this review I've looked at a few best of 2007 lists and it still doesn't look like a classic. Anyone who is now shouting Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare or Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, I'm afraid you are incapable of separating hype from quality. If you said In Rainbows then you are are a Radiohead fanboy and blind to their journey into a self-indulgent corner. NME have a Kings of Leon record at number 6; what more evidence of a fallow year do you need?
I saw Goldrush support the Flaming Lips just before they put out their first record The Heart Is The Place. The Lips influence is painfully obvious here on track three – Every One Of Us, parts of which sound a lot like Race For The Prize. The rest of the album has a tendency to blend into one. It's not bland, just polite and when you write songs called I Will Not Be A Machine and Goodbye Cruel World, the last thing you should be doing is being polite. This isn't driving music, music to get dumped to or music to get angry at the world to. It's pleasant and not bad and that's its problem.
Full disclosure here – I dislike almost all British guitar music. Looking through my collection, there's Black Sabbath, Idlewild, Leatherface, Kitchens of Distinction, The Wildhearts, Therapy?. Scarfo, Mogwai and this. Britpop was an insult to my ears and things haven't improved since. Blur did some good songs on Blur and 13. Radiohead were good once but I sold mine as my girlfriend's a huge fan. If you share my feeling that Americans do guitars so much better than us, then perhaps you will find this nicely inoffensive. If not then all bets are off.
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