domenica 13 dicembre 2009

Crashland "Glued"



Un colpo al cerchio ed uno alla botte. Provano a fare un pò di tutto i ragazzi in questo esordio e come sempre i metri di riferimento si sprecano. Che poi il tutto suoni già sentito non è una meraviglia, ma devo dire che non è neanche male il prodotto finito, che si muove su un guitar pop rock che ogni tanto va a nozze con un punkettino di discreto livello. Nelle recensioni i termini di paragone erano spesso i Supergrass, ma anche i Placebo o gli Stereophonics a dire il vero e pure gli Weezer o i primi Radiohead....insomma, un bel minestrone!! Onesto disco, di un gruppo onesto, che onestamente se nè già andato. (2000 Independiente)

Three blokes, like a drink--you know right where you're going with Bristol's Crashland, and it's a route that takes you past all the familiar old sights. Glued recalls the three-chord punk rattle of the Buzzcocks, the spunky pop anthems of early Supergrass and the raucous stagger of fondly remembered Welsh pub-rockers 60ft Dolls--but while it's an album that's as musically accomplished as reasonably expected from a debut, there is precious little substance here to elevate Glued beyond the crop of Britpop also-rans. Sure, "Modern Animal" and "New Perfume" are as rough and ready as a council estate kick-about, and the closing "We're On Fire" offers a fine, sentimental Dylan-esque closer, but when you are waiting for Crashland to reveal a hitherto unseen dimension--sensitivity, eloquence, sense of humour--the best that frontman Alex Troupe can offer is drivelsome sub-Gallagher spot-the-next-rhyme games: "It was never my attention/But now you come to mention/I adore you/If I ignore you/ You know I'd do anything for you". Time may refine and reshape their dull, blunt edge, but too often, Glued finds Crashland sitting in the gutter looking down at the gutter. (Louis Pattison - http://www.amazon.co.uk)

Crashland are a three piece from Bristol who got together in late '97. They have recently toured the UK with Symposium and Toploader and have upcoming dates in November and December with Reef. 'Glued' is the band's debut album and is twelve tracks of adrenaline-fueled power pop which is all a little predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. Indie they are, with obvious reference points being the like of Stereophonics and Placebo.
Cover of Crashland's album 'Glued'The current single and first track 'Modern Animal' rings of the Pixies, with plenty of hooks and a catchy chorus. Unfortunately most of what follows is very similar in style to the opener. The majority of the tunes stick to the tried and tested quiet verse / loud chorus format and, while they are good tracks individually, as a collection they seem a little monochrome. There is nothing off the beaten track and no risks taken. It makes for a welcome break when the songs do differ a little - 'Submission' and 'Little Dreams' are two minute punky blasts. Really though, the reason they are welcome is only because they are a little different to the tracks before them, not because they are great songs. There are also a couple of quieter moments also, namely 'Swinger' and 'We're on Fire'. On these tracks the vocals are clearer and guitars less frantic, but the songs don't really go anywhere.
Crashland seem to be trying to write great pop songs but they haven't written that killer tune yet. A fairly mediocre debut album, decent enough but not terribly exciting. (Niamh Grimes - http://www.cluas.com/)

- Modern Animal
- New Perfume
- Lemonade
- The Sun In My Eyes
- Standard Love Affair
- Collide Again
- Submission
- Glued
- Swinger
- Little Dreams
- Waiting For Someone
- We're On Fire

CRASHLAND

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