Tag Archives: 2011

Album Review: The Dears – ‘Degeneration Street’ (2011)

9 Mar

The Dears – ‘Degeneration Street’

(Dangerbird)

Skipping the alpha and going straight for the omega, Montreal neo-romanticists kick off fifth studio album Degeneration Street with the funk laiden, groove departure ‘Omega Dog’. It’s a statement of intent from leader Murray Lightburn that see’s his recently reshuffled ragamuffins give their emphatic rock a new twist and a little added spice.

Having fallen off the radar somewhat it’s clear they are willing to make amends. The album is long, weighing in at the one hour mark, and as dense as they come. It’s a lot to wade through. The lasting impression however is nothing on said opener. The music ebbs and flows, reaching dizzying highs on the beautifully melodic ‘Unsung’, ‘Thrones’ and the reminiscent poignancy of ‘Yesteryear’. But it is fundamentally too bi-polar as it then immediately sinks in tracks like ‘Galactic Tides’ and the hysterically operatic closer ‘Degeneration Street’. There simply isn’t enough consistency and we’re left feeling
slightly miffed as with such great individual composition the mish-mash of styles and themes never really come together as one coherent album.

Track of the Day: 03.02.11

3 Feb

Noah and the Whale – ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.’

Charlie Fink of England’s very own Noah and the Whale is a most endearing fellow. After his break up from Ms. Marling he was hit by the uglies and 2009’s ‘First Days of Spring’ reflected those uglies immensely. It was a great break up album but in contrast to their debut ‘Peaceful the world lays me down’ it was a step down in our opinion. You see, Noah and the Whale are one of those bands you put on to feel good about yourself. They do that happy folk, uplifting tune better than most. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. is one such track.

We at The Quilted Generation hope this is a return to happy times. Fingers crossed. Absolutely great track and a tempting little taster for the new album, due out on 12th March 2011.

Happy days.

*This is the radio edit of the track and even contains some of Zane Lowe and his fat fucking voice. For the full version either youtube it or spotify.

Track of the Day: 21.01.11

21 Jan

Iron & Wine – ‘Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me’

For years, we here at The Quilted Generation thought Iron & Wine were a two person band i.e Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, Matt & Kim etc etc. Ermmmm we were wrong. Iron & Wine are infact ONE man, Mr. Samuel Beam. Not only does his name sound like a fine cognac but his voice does too.

Latest offering to the musical Gods, Kiss Each Other Clean, has just been released on 4AD and is your typical Iron & Wine experience. Well, that is until the closing track ‘Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me’. A 7 minute stroll into Mr. Beam’s fantastical folk world. The fact that it is so long and still yet not long enough say’s it all. We particularly like the change about 2 minutes and 35 seconds in. Yes, we timed it. Great track and another great way to start the weekend. So, get it on and get it on loud.