I am still hesitant to buy into the sound still churned out by garage rock bands. Hesitant because Iï¿½ll like one or two songs, and the rest of the songs on their albums seem like padding for those two tracks. Moreover, the filler songs tend to recreate the same beat, tone and ideas as the others before them. I suppose itï¿½s my fault for being so cynical.
I have bought into this genera and it also seems to me that people like me have marginalized and sucked out every ounce of mystery from said garage rock sound.
So imagine my reluctance upon reading these words right off the Unicornsï¿½ album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When Weï¿½re Gone?: ï¿½Get yourself ready and put your hands together for the ï¿½blowupï¿½ sensation of the rest of your lives: The Unicorns have arrived to save you, to let you save them, and consequently make-up the face of modern music.ï¿½
I can say that Montrealï¿½s Unicorns have devotion and passion for their work. This gives them that confidence that they have something great to give you. I wouldnï¿½t say that this album ï¿½saved meï¿½ after listening to it. But it genuinely left a smile on my face after I listened to some of the songs (ï¿½Sea Ghost,ï¿½ ï¿½I was born (A Unicorn)ï¿½). With several of these songs being so good, I was able to forgive the filler songs, discovering that as a whole, it is worth the listenerï¿½s attention.
Sharp guitar punches, hard drum beats, and great vocal harmonies permeate the sound of the album. At first, I only had a few favorites, but after repeated listenings, Who Will Cut Our Hair grew on me.
If the Unicorns continued to make stacks of albums for the rest of their lives, Iï¿½m still sure I wouldnï¿½t be saved. For that matter, I am sure they wouldnï¿½t feel saved by my buying them. Soon, the mystery of the Unicornsï¿½ sound will grow old on my musical palate. But, being able to put a smile on my face, and to share their music with my friends, is enough to get me by for now.
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Flaming Lips – Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
Grandaddy – Sumday