Thursday, July 23, 2009

Which Bitch? review

With an in your face album name like Which Bitch and The View's ban from Japan for cocaine possession, you'd be forgiven for thinking that The View were another wannabe rock n roll band in the form of Air or Towers of London doing things to get attention. Instead, The View are very much their own band, incorporating a wide range of instruments and using a variation of sounds to come up with yet another reasonably unique album.

Whether it's the poppy ska of Jimmy's Crazy Conspiracy or the Treasure Island themed classical job that is Distant Doubloon, the hypnotic hymnal Glass Smash which bursts into a lively rock number, there's plenty to go at.

Kyle Falconer's vocals can be quite hard to understand at times, as he tends to slur words and also wail quite a bit, not to mention singing quite quickly often with the words undeneath his breath.

Musically it's all over the place, often with large intros and frantic layered sections making an appearance at some point of the song, usually just before the end. It's this that makes it appealing to me though, whilst it's not the kind of thing I'd usually listen to - I do get the feeling that this indie band are a notch above the majority of their counterparts, 5 Rebbeccas is lyrically pretty sharp, telling a story, remaining catchy and comes across in a Noel Gallagher written style when he was truly on form.



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