Releases Of September In Brief: Vol. III (Kings Of Leon/ Chvrches/ Haim)


Mechanical Bull – Kings Of Leon

Released 20th September on RCA

Rock/ Alternative

mechanical bull

Gosh-darn this record is boring. It’s not awful, but at least awful would be interesting. There’s just nothing on here that stands out in the slightest; just the same old blues riffs (that were interesting when they were first played in the sixties) with the same old Bruce Springsteen impersonation of a voice.

I guess there are a couple of mildly interesting moments, but these brief peaks of excitement and emotional beauty are just rehashed so many times throughout the record until they too become horrendously dull.

Once again, it’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not anywhere close to being good. Can’t recommend.

 

RATING: D+

NOTABLE CUTS: Rock City/ Don’t Matter/ Family Tree

TRASH: Beautiful War/ Temple/ Comeback Story/ Back Again

 

The Bones Of What You Believe – Chvrches

Released 23rd September on Virgin

Electro/ Synthpop

bones of what you believe

The music on this debut is rather catchy and interesting in the way that it plays with the basic elements of electro-pop and its subtle tinges of industrial backing, but Lauren Mayberry’s vocals disappoint in their lack of force and the way the just blend into the background of almost every single track.

That aside the record is incredibly addictive and well crafted. This trio of hipsters obviously has the skills and the know-how to back up what they’re doing. I mean, I definitely haven’t heard straight-up dance floor pop this intelligent in quite some time, and it’s always nice to bring some smarts back into the charts.

I can’t comment on its ability to last. It may or may not depending on how the tides turn, but I hope it does and I hope some other groups decide take their lead from Chvrches.

Would definitely recommend.

Note: Revisit. There’s more to this record that can be gotten out of a first listen.

RATING: B- 

NOTABLE CUTS: We Sink/ Tether/ Lies/ Science/Vision/ Lungs  

TRASH: Under The Tide

 

Days Are Gone – Haim

Released 27th September on Polydor

Pop/ Rock/ Alternative

Days_Are_Gone_Cover

Yet another debut album from a band who think they’re being too cool for school by making a semi-intelligent retro-pop record for an audience that doesn’t like pop music anymore. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, but I’m getting a bit tired of hearing eighties and nineties dance floor music replayed be hipsters.

The vocals on this one are strong, but the melodies on the whole are uninteresting, and the beats are catchy but I’ve heard them all before. Really it’s just an album that makes no real impression whatsoever. I will say, however, that when this band decide to put a little bit of emphasis on their rock and roll basis then there’s quite a bit of fun to be had (My Song 5 for instance is brilliant). It’s just unfortunate that these tracks are not the main fodder on this bland debut.

It might have been fun in the early nineties, but in 2013 it doesn’t quite make the grade. I will keep an ear out for the band in the future, however, because they sound like there’s a lot of untapped potential.

RATING: C-
NOTABLE CUTS:
The Wire/ Days Are Gone/My Song 5

TRASH: Forever/ If I Could Change Your Mind/ Don’t Save Me/ Go Slow

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