Posted by: will | April 7, 2007

Quick Hits…

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Some Loud Thunder” (Self-Released)

Short Review: Go read my review of the band’s debut here. It applies to this album as well.

Shorter review: Clap your hands say CRAP!


The Broken West “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On” (Merge)

Much like rock music has classic rock, indie rock music has classic indie rock. The Broken West are no doubt classic indie rock. No matter how great and eclectic the Merge roster gets they always find room for these kinds of good ole classic indie rock bands. The Broken West are a great classic indie rock band but they do nothing to distinguish themselves from the pack. It all sounds nice when playing but there is not much to bring you back. Hopefully, The Broken West can differentiate themselves on future albums.

Kaddisfly “Set Sail The Prairie” (Hopeless)

I think it is great when a band truly wants to experiment with their sound. Kaddisfly is most definitely one of those bands. Set Sail The Prairie should certainly be commended for it’s experimental nature. The band has been compared to the likes of Brazil or Coheed And Cambria. If you are a fan of those bands you will fall in love with Kaddisfly. The band is just as experimental as those bands. Yet, they have a warm inviting tone that the aforementioned bands simply lack. However, 14 songs and over an hour of the type of music that Kaddisfly plays is beyond my threshold.


Of Montreal “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” (Polyvinyl)

I remember listening to Of Montreal’s album, The Gay Parade many years ago. Frankly, I did not like the band then. Fast forward to 2007 with Of Montreal’s new album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, and well, I still don’t like them. Sorry.


The Hours “Narcissus Road” (A&M)

I think A&M is trying to find themselves another Snow Patrol…or maybe a Coldplay…or anything in between that will sell them some records. Keane perhaps? Anyway, The Hours might just be that band. They are all sincere and endearing and terribly cheesy. It’s really not too bad a listen if you can get past all that stuff. But, frankly, it just seems like a little too much work.


Alasdair Roberts “The Amber Gatherers” (Drag City)

This is my first exposure to Scottish singer/songwriter Alasdair Roberts. Roberts certainly has a pretty voice that guides these songs along their way. Unfortunately that does not really translate to great songs. Sadly, The Amber Gatherers is just plain boring. The songs seem to wonder aimlessly with no real destination in mind. Perhaps that is the point. However, I choose to not go along for the ride.



  1. I think this is my first comment where I actually disagree with you! Olivia has been playing “Of Montreal” and I like them alot. I know, sometimes you listen to a band and you know you should like them but you just don’t. I feel the same way about Franz Ferdinand. I just don’t like them.

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