Thursday, April 23, 2009

Review: Brakes - Touchdown

Album: Touchdown
Artist: Brakes (or BrakesBrakesBrakes)
Rating: 4 out of 5
In a nutshell: Country punk/pop/rock perfection

I've been listening to Brakes - or as they're known in the US of America, BrakesBrakes Brakes (due to a copyright dispute) - ever since Pill introduced them to me. Something along the lines of British Sea Power (Eamon Hamilton, the vocalist in Brakes, was a member) and Belle & Sebastian, Brakes have come out with an accessible album that's got some amazing songs and catchy, intriguing lyrics.


One of the best songs in the album is "Don't Take Me To Space (Man)," a song about alien abduction that's sweet and dangerously catchy. The lyrics are what you expect from the band. It's often absurd, but (or perhaps because of it) you end up intrigued and unable to take your mind off them. By then it's too late. Brakes songs have now infected your head with yelping vocals and indie pop folk guitar goodness.

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Brakes - Hey Hey

Then there's "Hey Hey," an indie rock tune which apparently needs a video about a rebel, day-dreaming doughnut to tell its story. "Two Shocks" and "Worry About It Later" are pleasant in the sense playing guitar in a hayfield is pleasant. Very, if you must ask.

I will see them tomorrow (or is it today?) in Oxford. Very much looking forward to it.

Signing out

Over and out

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Now playing: Brakes - Eternal Return
via FoxyTunes

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