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The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement

The Last Shadow Puppets were formed as a side project of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kanes (Rascals) back in 2007. Their debut, The Age of the Understatement, was recorded in France during the summer and released at the beginning of May 2008. I’ve had the album in my PC for almost a month now, but I was never too keen on giving them a chance (until today). I’m never too hopeful with such collaborations (especially when it comes to Brits).

Regardless of my expectations, the album is not that bad. To be honest, a lot of people will instantly like it, as it revives symphonic pop and the 60’s rock sound. Names such as Scott Walker and David Bowie have been quoted by everyone for this album, and quite rightfully. Classic 60’s guitars and vocals, grand orchestrations performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra and dramatic music as a soundtrack to their vocal harmonies set the scene of the record. This is really something completely different from what you would expect from these British youths (as every side project should be). However, as good as this revival sounds (and I admit it does sound good), the more I listen to their tracks the more I want to just put on an original track from the legends of the ear instead of them. On top of that, the future of this side project seems like a dead end unless they change their sound completely (since another similar album would bore even the fans of the current). You’ll probably find reviews all over the blogosphere praising this album but for me it is just too difficult to go back in time instead of moving forward. A really great production, but this is a pure revival (copycat) without really progressing the style or offering something which you won’t find in albums from the 60’s or 70’s. Good but not good enough (great retro album cover though)…

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