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Kid 606 – Shout At The Doner

After the last couple of slow-burning albums, I had my hopes up for something approaching the glitchy masterpiece of ‘Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You’. It’s inevitable then, that upon first playback of this album, disappointment would be the overriding theme.

Whilst Shout At The Doner is certainly more upbeat than the previous efforts, one can’t help but feel Kid 606 is trying to capitalize on the recent resurgence of electro bands and nu-rave by trying to flit somewhere between the two, resulting in an album which sounds for the most part aimless and with few discernible memorable moments.

The album starts amiable enough, with heavy use of vocal samples, synths and minimal beats, which is strangely reminiscent of the original acid rave scene of the late 80’s & early 90’s. This wouldn’t sound that much out of place in somewhere like The Hacienda in it’s heyday.

It’s around 4 tracks in you start to wonder if this is really it? For another 6 or so tracks, it really is. The album starts to take on life as an amorphous acid rave pastiche, each song almost indistinguishable from the next.

What especially doesn’t help is the fact most of the tracks are far too long, very repetitive and meddlesome. With 17 tracks on this album, this doesn’t bode all that well.

Rather unexpectedly however, on the 10th track, ‘You All Break My Heart’ the mood of the album suddenly changes, with the tracks becoming more focused and to the point. The rave pastiche ditched in favour of the more traditional glitch Kid 606 is famous for. Whilst certainly not as raw and aggressive as some of the stuff on Kill Sound…, there’s a few standout tracks which are reminiscent of Dan Deacon’s poppier moments.

Unfortunately, this shift in mood is all too short lived, and the focus shifts back to the tiresome meandering. All in all, this is a very disappointing album from Kid 606, but maybe I’ve set my hopes up too high with wishing for another loud glitch album.

5/10

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25/04/2009 - Posted by | Music, Reviews

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