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Old 10-07-2009, 02:18 AM   #1
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Hockey - Mind Chaos

Now, I'll admit, I haven't heard this one yet, but I've been looking forward to it all year, and I'm about to get to it now. "Too Fake" has been one of my favorite songs this year, and I hate that I missed them at Lollapalooza.

YouTube - TOO FAKE Official Music Video

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Hockey's debut, Mind Chaos, was initially going to be released by Sony Records — the band even got as far as reworking some of its demos in the studio with producer Jerry Harrison — but the album's fate was left in limbo when the label dropped the band. Mind Chaos got a new lease on life when Hockey's songs made their way to BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, whose championing of the strutting "Learn to Lose" helped earned the band another major-label deal. It's easy to hear why two big labels were interested in Mind Chaos; Hockey's angular basslines, chugging guitars, and washy keyboards call to mind tried and true, new wave-tinged acts like the Strokes, OK Go, and the Killers. For most of the album, they don't stray far from this style, and considering that they had been around for a while before Mind Chaos's 2009 release, they sound effective, but not especially fresh. Most of the band's character resides in Ben Grubin's raspy vocals, which lie somewhere between a young Rod Stewart and the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, and his surprisingly smart lyrics. He's nothing if not self-aware: Grubin sings about writing "a truthful song over an '80s groove" on the Cars-like "Song Away," the only Harrison-produced song that ended up on Mind Chaos' final version. Elsewhere, his hyper-literate tales of self-loathing posers and late-night intrigue give Hockey an appealingly witty personality. When they stretch out, they get intriguing, if mixed, results: "Work" reveals a slinkier, smokier side to the band, as well as a disco fetish, while "Preacher" travels from a gospel-infused ballad to blazing rock. Mind Chaos is an uneven but promising debut. Considering how much difficulty Hockey experienced in getting it out, it'll be interesting to hear what they do with a (hopefully) easier road ahead of them.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:27 AM   #2
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And now that I've heard it, I can safely say I love it. Yeah, it's ALL over the place...Mind CHAOS probably should've given a slight indication of that, but this is definitely something I want to listen to while driving. Oh to have a CD player in my car again.
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One track in, AND loving it!
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These guys could be on the way up down here, 'Song Away' is getting some commercial atrention, and i do like that tune...
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:15 PM   #5
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"Song Away" is easily my favorite thing on here now. Which says a lot because I really do love "Too Fake". I really did believe that Capitol was planning a huge launch of these guys. First they pulled the original version of the album off iTunes to revamp it and add tracks, then Too Fake was featured in a few adds over the summer, they played a few festivals, etc. But, nah, the album came out pretty quietly.
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Great album. Very enjoyable.

Will have a better opinion after a few more listens, but this is still great!
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I've been wondering about this album. I absolutely love "Too Fake." Will have to look into picking up the whole record since people are digging it.
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Second Listen today. . . . . . . . . Still Loving it!
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I listened to the album tonight for the first time in a month, and I still love it.

Needless to say, the band name is what seduced me at first.
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I finally did get this album, and it's good. "Wanna Be Black" and "3am Spanish" are my two favorites after "Too Fake." I love the line in the last song where he says, "I only feel once a year. Psych! Everybody feels all the time." It just kinda comes outta nowhere and always makes me laugh.
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I love this album.
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Gotta say, listened to the album quite a few times now (upwards of 8-10), and there's only about 3 or 4 outstanding tracks. The rest just seems like overlong filler...bit disappointed.
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i'm listening to this right now. it's enjoyable. nothing groundbreaking, but good.
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I'd never heard of these guys until bono_212 mentioned them in her year-end favorites list. I kind of dig it - I heard one of their songs on the radio the other day, too.
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I'd never heard of these guys until bono_212 mentioned them in her year-end favorites list. I kind of dig it - I heard one of their songs on the radio the other day, too.
bono_212 is a girl? sweet. i thought i ran out of girls to hit on here.

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