Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

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Post by munch » 25 Mar 2015, 08:41

101reykjavik wrote:^ Never understand why people say sad songs are 'depressing'. :?
I think just too much of it overwhelmed me.
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Post by 101reykjavik » 25 Mar 2015, 09:47

My Name Is Mud wrote:I still think it's a great album. I was very underwhelmed by the lead single myself, although it grew on me within the context of the album itself.
I thought the lead single was one of the weakest things on the whole album.
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Post by My Name Is Mud » 25 Mar 2015, 10:32

101reykjavik wrote:
My Name Is Mud wrote:I still think it's a great album. I was very underwhelmed by the lead single myself, although it grew on me within the context of the album itself.
I thought the lead single was one of the weakest things on the whole album.
Overall yep, it was.
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Post by tom_cas1 » 25 Mar 2015, 14:01

It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.
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Post by Rosie » 25 Mar 2015, 15:49

Me too, I don't like Mr Tembo, only live it's fun.
You and me along Hostiles are my favourite ones.

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Post by Lt Pinkerton » 25 Mar 2015, 16:09

Just listened to the record for the first time in months and I'm still not impressed by it. The title track, Hostiles, Hollow Ponds and Mr. Tembo feel subpar to me. Lonely Press Play, Photographs, You and Me and Heavy Seas are the only ER songs that are on my usual Albarn rotation.

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Post by davidsutter » 25 Mar 2015, 16:10

tom_cas1 wrote:It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.
It's not fantastic or anything but I like it fine.
Kind of reminds me of the Moroccan People song from Think Tank.

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Post by 101reykjavik » 25 Mar 2015, 16:21

davidsutter wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.
It's not fantastic or anything but I like it fine.
Kind of reminds me of the Moroccan People song from Think Tank.
Exactly. It's just a fun song, nothing too deep. It acts as a nice bit of light relief among the more melancholic songs.
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Post by aldamasta » 25 Mar 2015, 17:29

101reykjavik wrote:It acts as a nice bit of light relief among the more melancholic songs.
Right, and it does a great job. Really catchy little song, don't see how anyone could have a problem with it! And live, like all the songs on this album, it's so great and energetic.

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Post by Westway » 25 Mar 2015, 22:14

yeah this album sucks
all the beats sound the same
the melancholic mood feels really forced
photographs, mr tembo and heavy seas are the only stand out songs
the live versions of photographs (esp the rah versions) and mr tembo make the album versions feel really lacking
the live piano version of history of a cheating heart takes the song to another level, the studio version doesnt have that same emotional energy

Lonesome street and There are too many of us are miles ahead of everything else on everyday robots
it really just drives home how half assed that album felt

but on the plus side im excited for tmw now
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Post by jeffnottingham » 25 Mar 2015, 22:59

The absolute hands down best versions of the ER songs is the Live From Fox Studios set - obviously not all the songs are there, but search for this set on youtube, and tell me if I'm missing better versions. For me, they've become definitive - especially Hollow Ponds, and the only version of the title track that works for me too.

Though the definitive You & Me, for me, is the Roundhouse version. I'm not keen on the steel drums connecting part on the actual record.

Oh and the best version of Mr Tembo is the Jools Holland version, choir on great form, and Damon nails the rap section really well.

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Post by Rubi » 25 Mar 2015, 23:08

^ Hollows Ponds from Jools is also good.
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Post by Forever Low Man » 26 Mar 2015, 13:29

Westway wrote:but on the plus side im excited for tmw now
IT'S A MIRACLE
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Post by My Name Is Mud » 26 Mar 2015, 16:13

Forever Low Man wrote:
Westway wrote:but on the plus side im excited for tmw now
IT'S A MIRACLE
It really is. :shock:
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Post by He's So High » 26 Mar 2015, 19:42

I wasn't overly enamoured with it last year; a few pretty tunes here and there but nothing overly special. However, I listened to it last week for the first time in a few months and I think it's only got better in that time. Sure, it's not catchy Britpop choruses but I think the atmosphere and the subtlety of the album has got better with age.

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