Hercules and Love Affair - Quick Album Review 5/5

RSS
Recomendar

Mar 23 2008, 19h57

Artist: Hercules and Love Affair
Album: Hercules And Love Affair
Tags: , ,
Similar: The Opiates


Another quick album review. I won't waste your time.

The thing to do when you listen to Hercules and Love Affair's new album, after you've got over the initial excitement and danced your socks off, is turn it down.

When you turn it down and let it reach your subconscious, out comes the most deliciously depressing music. Nice and suicidal, just how I like it.

Antony Hegarty's voice, disturbing as it was in Antony & the Johnsons and practically everything else he's ever done, takes on a different quality with the morbid disco backdrop, turning into something sinister and possibly even a little cruel. He's not complaining, he's seducing. Think Marquis de Sade. Not saying I'm attracted, if anything, I'm a little afraid, but still intrigued. Backing vocals are equally dark, leaning towards hollow, dead sounds. They could be the undead. The track Easy is the epitome of the theme, the exact opposite of Blind.

You'll struggle to keep the volume down for the first half of the album, you really do want to dance. This peaks with Blind, after which, from Iris onwards, prepare to descend. It seems incongruous with the dance beat going on, but the contrast is wonderful. Worth the effort.


Babs My Gang

Envios aceitos
Groups I Lead, No Ordinary Music, voices have colors, <3 Crochet <3, Music 2.0, People who can't stop listening to music, Shiny Happy People Who Love Amazing Music and Love Sunshine <3, Pixies Palace, Group Leaders Support Group, Plotters, Autumn Lovers, Signs of the Zodiac - Scorpio, We depend on our aggregators, For people who cant go through a day without hearing a single song., Music for Insomniacs, We Love Weird Voices!, NO boundaries Music, Non-Elitist Electro and Gothic Music Fans, your favourite shoes), Independent Music, Darkwave Music, Not Typical Music Recommendation, What are you grateful for?, friends with completely different taste of music, Music Discovery, Puddlegum, Attention, a place to be reasonable, Audioscrobbler Addicts, People With A Great Taste In Music., Later...with Jools Holland, Billie Ray Martin, Gorgeous, too much good music to listen to - not enough time for all, Cafe Del Mar, We use tags that have never been used before, Debonair esprit, Obscure Music Recommendations, Stop tagging everything 'indie' !, Pixies Palace Park, Mahjong Crazy Players, We Have Footwear in Our Avatars, the last.fm melting pot, Music Nerds, Wicked Lounge Soundz, The Writers, Chillosophy, Erotic Lounge, Stumbleupon Users, Old skool Dance music, People who don't think japanese music is weird and have got an extraordinary…, Tea Drinkers, Jools Holland Is A Legend!, Electronic Music, A group for people who consider their taste in music worthy of mention, and who are…, Who Knew You Could Stuff So Much Crap Into a Sidebar?, Ashes To Ashes, High Fidelity, Insomniacs Against Bedtime, Real Journal Entries, A Badge of Friendship, Department of Free Sounds, destroying bedtime one hour at a time, Genius Loci, Music70, King's and Queen's Pop, Children of the 70's who still listen to lots of music., Acoustic and Melancholic, Good Listener, Disco, Emotional Electronic, Music you want added to last.fm, For those who don't sleep enough due to staying up late at night for no apparent…, Experimental Pop, Music is ART, Experimental Music, Geek Music, Yes Im Awesome, i just want to dance!, Post Music, Our left column is larger than our right column, Next Big Things - NBTs, Lyric appreciation society, Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums, Good Taste Only, This is not a Group, Does Music Influence Your Lifestyle?, Euphonic Dissonant Texture, Over 40, United groups network, Downtempo, Stop the Alphabet Journals!, those who just can't get enough of music, The Knitting Circle, Scorpius, music is bigger than me, The Special Interest Tag Radio Collective, darker than the deepest sea..., My track of the week, I don't care what you think about my music taste., audioPod, best music, i'd die without music, TV-free, This Goop Only Consists To Halve The Blessed Dialectic, Maybe - Oh Myriad!, The Last.fm Diversity Revolution, Get Your Damn Genres Right, We Want Freedom, i'm not anti-social, i just enjoy my music., Music Reviews and Reviewers, People who like a new band or a new genre every week, Music saves my soul. ♥, Indie Electronica, I Hate Music Snobs, Serious Music Critics, I love danceable indie music, I Want Your Radio, last.fm Group Ring, Star Crossed Lovers, brothers! sisters! small boats of fire are falling from the sky., What's the matter... too DEEP for you?, Philosophers, My Gang, People who believe that they can beat a MILLION plays before life beats them, Late Night Cruising Sensations, Addicted to electronic music, Off Topic Bonanza, Electronica, Fans of Coronation St., One Group Fits All!, Music for the head, Writing is Art, Subscribers and their tag radio stations, All Music Guide, Addicted to Last.fm, Chocolate Cake!, A group for people who like beautiful music and beautiful books!, Baroque Pop, I love Pizza, Eclectro, Extensive Musical Taste, the eclectic chair, babble, People who are online a questionable amount, and may or may not be addicted to the…, The Variety Group, Fairy Tales, Folklore, and the like..., I Still Buy CDs, HUMANS ARE PEOPLE TOO!, INFP, Genre Breakers, Pop is Love, completely perfect taste in music, HELP! I've fallen and I can't get up!, Groovy 70s Disco, Writers of Last, Old People, New Music, Very Cunning Music for not so Cunning People, Pleasantly Neurotic, Hercules And Love Affair, Freedom Of Music, Open Minded Music Freaks, The Opiates, We Know Regular Expressions!, Night music, I love red colour, I like Daisy's, the most wanted, people who wear watches on right hand, Protest against the rising tide of conformity, Strange sounds, JAGJAGuwar, Hip-Hop, Noise, Experimental, and anything Crazy, Law of Attraction, Dub, newBlip, ANTI Indie, Contemporary Music

Comentários

  • heneya

    I most certainly agree, the album is true gem.

    Mar 25 2008, 13h17
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for the comment, heneya.

    Mar 25 2008, 13h19
  • anderai

    I got the CD a week ago and it gets better with every listen...loving 'Blind' the most so far.

    Mar 27 2008, 0h52
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for the comment, anderai. Yes, that's what surprised me about this album, that there's the first impression, then there's more. Agreed, 'Blind' is fantastic.

    Mar 27 2008, 2h33
  • rowantree79

    I've only heard 'Blind' so far, but I love it so much I was thinking of getting the album. Think this review has just confirmed that... Thanks Oh, I found out who the girl is in the 'Blind' video - it's Jaime Winstone, daughter of Ray. I guess most people knew that already, but thought I'd post it just in case...

    Mar 27 2008, 11h15
  • Babs_05

    No, I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing and for the comment, rowantree79.

    Mar 27 2008, 14h11
  • JonathanBrown

    Thanks for the review, Babs_05! It definitely is a great album, I still have it in rotation in my stereo at home.

    Abr 14 2008, 21h15
  • Babs_05

    My pleasure, JonathanBrown, and thanks for the comment. Yes, it definitely has great legs. :)

    Abr 15 2008, 12h55
Ver todos os 8 comentários
Deixe um comentário. Faça login na Last.fm ou cadastre-se agora (é gratuito).