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Posted by The Ape
at 08:11 on 30 Jan 2014
After I listened to Actress's Ghettoville
I thought I'd check out a few of the reviews that were floating around the internets. I was quite astonished by some of the reactions out there and even more astonished by my reaction to them. I've attempted to paraphrase the whole episode into a fictional conversation between myself and the rest of the world, entitled Me vs. The Rest Of The World.
It might have been expected that Kings of Leon would follow up 2011's joyless Come Around Sundown
with a Christmas cash-in best of, maybe featuring a couple of dashed-off new tracks to justify the release, satisfy their label, and slow their inevitable drift out of the mainstream consciousness since fulfilling the stadium-filling goals they set their sights on some years ago. However, a compilation release would have been a lazy, cynical, crassly commercial move of no artistic merit whatsoever, whereas this new album - their sixth - is... well, I think you know where I'm going with this.
I’m afraid I only lasted half of this record. Listening to one of music’s worst (or greatest??) narcissists singing songs about himself/drugs/himself on/off drugs has only enough appeal to last a few songs of competent indie guitar music that could have been made at any point in, I don’t know, the last 30 years before giving up with the conclusion that the rest of the album probably doesn’t deviate too far from the blueprint that Peter Doherty has tediously established for himself over the last decade.
Two-piece bands are ace, YEAH! Music’s most primitive dynamic, YEAH!! Ruins! Lightning Bolt! The Black Keys! White Stripes! Japandroids! Death From Above 1979! YEAAAAAH!!! And now: two don’t-give-a-shit-hot-panted-big-haired-Joan Jett-esque California girls spitting out scuzzy bile over stripped down garage rock, DOUBLE YEAH!!!! Except… this all looks great on paper, but actually listening to Sistrionix
is a tedious exercise in waiting for something interesting to happen.