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The Ultimate Unloved CD Review Project, Part 2

More CD reviews of CD in my collection that I haven't listened to properly.

The Horrors, Primary Colours (XL, 2009)
Utter disappointment in the band’s change of direction made me ignore this album. I loved Strange House’s psych rock and I just couldn’t understand why they would want to become a pale version of Echo and the Bunnymen, but I do like Echo and that overall Post-Punk sound… Therefore this time through I will try to assess the album as if they are a different band.
And that works, although I still can’t see why this was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, it’s not that good. Even after a few listens although each song is decent enough, nothing particularly sticks out until Track 4, Do You Remember, which is a bit of racket but that’s in its favour. New Ice Age though is a cracker as is I Can't Control Myself which harks back to the OCD theme of the previous album.
There are no bad songs here exactly, except perhaps I Only Think of You, which is a bit of a dirgy let down, but not much that’s great. Shame.
Strange House is still heaps better, but I might consider getting their third album Skying after all.
Except I haven’t.
Standout new to me track: New Ice Age
Score: 8 out of 10

Urusei Yatsura/We Are Urusei Yatsura (Che Records, 1996)
Very much mid-1990s pop-indiepunk of the type more exuberantly expressed in bubblegum by Bis, more artfully (mostly) by Prolapse and more successfully by Ash, this is the debut album from the Scottish (not Japanese) band Urusei Yatsura, about which I remember very little. Unfortunately, this album does not include the one Urusei Yatsura song I do remember, Strategic Hamlets. So no lalalala, lalalaLA! for me this time. Uh, I digress...
First Day on a New Planet bounces along very much like Echobelly’s Great Things, but with more noise and less tune, but by Kewpies Like Watermelon and Phasers on Stun, things are starting to improve. After Death 2 Everyone though, which is an abrupt and shortlived change of direction into more grungy territory, things are starting to slide into a forgettable mush.
Overall, this isn’t a bad album; it’s just not very memorable. Individually a few of the tracks are decent enough – I was still humming Kewpies Like Watermelon for a while afterwards – but as a whole I can’t imagine a moment where I would want to listen to the entirety of the album again as the songs fail to hook me in as a collection.
And after all these years, I still don’t know what a kewpie is.
Standout new to me track: Kewpies Like Watermelon (though the yelling is starting to get to me now)
Score: 5 out of 10

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I haven't really heard of either of these bands, apart from your complaints about The Horrors previously. I fear I find both of these tracks pretty dire, but then I am at home having had a massive let down where the redelivery on the desk I was hoping to get last week (which as you may recall came in the guise of a coffee table) has come with only one of the right boxes, that is a console table top and coffee table legs. So they have taken the legs back and I will have to go through all this again, and the delivery people were an hour early so when they sent a warning text I had to bomb it home in the blazing sunshine and I still have work that has to be done today, but I iz sad. :(

To be more fair to the songs, they sound like they could be good if you were in the right place at the right time and all your friends knew them as well so you could shout the lyrics anthemically, but I'm not sure they are for my individual interest now.

I didn't expect you to like either of these, so fair enough.

Who are these chumps, I think I will avoid them in future.

But I want to like things!

This is Swoon Editions, pedlars of relatively expensive but actually what would seem to be good value (ETA, looking at it again, SOMETIMES good value, mostly OTT priced) furniture when in comparison to shops that have a similar design-led thing going on. Their London helpline is all chummy and nice, but apparently the people in the Brum distribution centre are bloody idiots. There was a voucher and my birthday during March. It is no longer March by two weeks, but I have no table!

Edited at 2015-04-15 02:38 pm (UTC)

I will try to dig out something more your taste next time, though I never know with you.

They don't seem that expensive. They do seem like idiots though.

I am a strange and peculiar beast.

Well, I don't think they're that expensive either. But of course now I've bought my furniture my mother is visiting friends from college wot have moved to the country or whatever and sourced all their new furniture from charity shops and vintage fairs or some other hipster semi/post retirement idyll and I am clearly some sort of spendthrift wastrel buying new from the internet. Considering how little my parents have ever shopped in charity shops, of course, I doubt they realise that it ain't that cheap even if you do manage to find something that isn't foul.

It can depend on the charity shop, but yeah a lot of it is mid-20th century tat. You're happy and you aren't completely broke, I don't see the problem.


I am watching Back in Time for Dinner for the 90s - just got to '95 and CJD and remembering the general misery that came from then on in; all the processed food is making me a bit sad, but I think the fetishisation of organic food is a bit sadder. The whole programme is like an examination about we started fetishing food rather than just cooking fuel. Also I had a weird taste sense memory when they started playing Spice Up Your Life and I can't place it. It's some sort of sweets you can't get anymore, but what is it???

ETA: It's all right, the programme solved it! I think it's those straw things with the fizzy sherbet inside. As sold by my school by a bargainous 5p a pop on barn dance/summer fete/Christmas bazaar days...

Edited at 2015-04-15 03:33 pm (UTC)

Sorry I thought I replied to this earlier. I have seen it now.

I blame The River Café and Jamie Oliver for a lot of that movement, though I do think it is for better, even if it's a bit pretentious.

A bit like the horse meat scandal, I don't remember BSE changing eating habits that much (maybe because I have never eaten a lot of beef anyway).

I can't say I was eating a lot of sherbet at that point.

I have managed to improve my mood over the course of the evening, so possibly I agree with you! I do like tasty organic food, but I don't know how you're supposed to stock up on it for one person.

I think I noticed the BSE scandal a lot because of school dinners, and the legacy of the turkey burger, which always seemed weird and was always a reminder of why we weren't having beef. They didn't get into the whole business of on-the-bone or off-the-bone, which I thought was quite important at the time. I vaguely recall when T-bone steaks came back in the shops, because my brother was very pleased.

You were clearly missing out on the sherbet. It was good in those days. Lots of unnatural colourings.

No, which is why I struggle even with the veg I do like, i.e. carrots, peppers and onions. I just seem to end up throwing it away all the time.

Oh BSE was big, I just think a lot of people didn't take a blind bit of notice. Also, the exposure was historical, by the time the scandal broke your exposure to it was already set in stone. You still don't see as many T-bones as you used to.

I like sherbet, it's just there are usually other choices.

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