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Old 01-27-2011, 03:35 AM   #76
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A lot of this record is in-one-ear-out-the-other and innocuous, which is disappointing, but Need You Now is brilliant. Take Me Over is pretty good too.
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It's not as immediate as Ghost Colours was, but I don't really have any expectations for this album. Only digging into it now so I need a few more listens through.
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What do we all think of Sun God? Seems like it would work live but it doesn't work on the album at over 15 minutes, I don't think.
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8.6 from Pitchfork. I haven't kept a close watch but that would be their highest rating this year, no? IGC got 8.8, so not the 20,000 leagues lower that Elmel suggested.
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Still gotta go and buy this exciting disc from the Melbourne boys, it's good for them that the snobs at Pitchfork are liking it.. Now let's hope they get some more attention commercially with some radio play on a Fox or Nova.
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8.6 from Pitchfork. I haven't kept a close watch but that would be their highest rating this year, no?
No.

3/5 stars from Tiny Mix Tapes.
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-re...copy-zonoscope
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:32 AM   #82
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Shit, cat. I forgot this comes out tomorrow. Awesome. Can't wait to hear it.
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Still gotta go and buy this exciting disc from the Melbourne boys, it's good for them that the snobs at Pitchfork are liking it.. Now let's hope they get some more attention commercially with some radio play on a Fox or Nova.
The snobs from Pitchfork are one of the main reasons your Melbourne boys are so popular.

Not trying to defend Pitchfork and take away from CC, but it's true.
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8.6 from Pitchfork. I haven't kept a close watch but that would be their highest rating this year, no? IGC got 8.8, so not the 20,000 leagues lower that Elmel suggested.
Ha, not at all. In fact, it has a higher metacritic score by one whole point: 80 to IGC's 79. I figured there would be a backlash...RYM doesn't exactly love it, and they certainly have modified their sound.
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Listening to this now for the first time, still getting through it.

I absolutely love the one-two punch of Need You Now and Take Me Over, and Where I'm Going sounds better within the context of the album than when I originally heard it last year and wasn't too enamored at the time.

The beginning of Alisa, with the guitar, almost sounds like The Edge.
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I need to admit that I'm feeling this album just as much as I did In Ghost Colours. The flow is impeccably smooth, and "Sun God" is bloody marvelous, epic in every sense of the word.

Whereas IGC seemed a bit icy to me - which I loved - Zonoscope seems warmer and more textured.
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I agree - the transitions on this album are phenomenal.

I just finished Sun God. Holy shit, what an awesome track.
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Whereas IGC seemed a bit icy to me - which I loved - Zonoscope seems warmer and more textured.
As Pitchfork mentioned about half a dozen times in their review, it's definitely going to sound even better once summer comes along.
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I feel compelled to write out some thoughts on this, having just listened straight thru twice.

1. I Need You Now - Awesome, great track

2. Take Me Over - pure unadulterated 80s fun. Loved it.

3. Where I'm Going - high expectations based on the opening riff, settled into a decent song if fairly predictable melody.

4. Pharoahs and Pyramids - sounds like it could've been on IGC. Liked it. Ok the Frankie Knuckles-ish baseline nod just hit me..upgrade: LOVE it.

5. Blink and You'll Miss The Revolution - great title, love the opening again. Grower, by the end of the song my toes are tapping.

6. Strange Nostalgia - Interesting, even if I'm not huge on 'middle of the album instrumentals', it seems vaguely appropriate where it is.

7. This Is All We've Got - tried not to like it, pretty predictable Beach Boys/California feel (or whatever they call that? edit: Leader Of The Pack! vrroooom vrrrroooomm! lol) and all, but by the end I actually think I like it.

8. Alise - am I the only one who thinks this could be an early U2 song, without the Bono? Good song

9. Hanging On To Every Heartbeat - just average, doesn't grab me especially. Wouldn't necessarily skip it, but wouldn't skip to it, either. Filler.

10. Corner Of The Sky - theeerrrre we go. Back on point. Want to see/hear this live.

11. Sun God - Did 15 minutes just pass without me noticing in the slightest? Time just sortof stood still while I thoroughly enjoyed this song. Edit: I concur on 'marvelous, epic'

All in all I agree with whoever said it doesn't grab as immediately as In Ghost Colours, well it's not as anthemic. It feels more laid back, trippy/ambient, but it's likely to grow fairly quickly on me. These guys have figured out a great sound that draws from Depeche Mode, New Order, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, classic house, and a few others in between. Put all together it results in a hybrid that sounds as relevant today as it would have 20 years ago, without sounding like 20 years ago. If this is making any sort of sense.

A solid 8/10 from me.

And the segues/transitions are ace!
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