October 11, 2005

The backlog gets longer [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 11, 2005 6:17 PM

I've joined a team for a relay race this coming weekend. This would not be especially noteworthy except that the race is 199 miles long, starting in Calistoga and finishing in Santa Cruz. So this will doubtless be quite the adventure and I'll probably do some liveblogging from my phone.

Meanwhile, did I mention that I have a backlog of music to review? I went to the record store on Friday and came out with five albums, bringing the total to 13 I need to review. Here's one of them, and maybe I'll do the rest in batches of four or five.

Clor: Clor: This band has kind of a synth-heavy Brit rock sound. It's another one of those albums that sounds good at the time but later I can't remember what it sounded like. For a while every time one of the tracks came up on my iPod I'd be like, "What is this? Oh yeah, Clor." Or maybe I've just picked up so much new music lately that I'm unable to keep track of it all. Anyway, "Love + Pain" is a nice track.

Tags: Music, Open Thread, Running

The background music definitely sounds cool, but the singing voice is grating. (This may not be true on all tracks, but it seemed to crack several times, as far as I can tell.) I can certainly see the Brit-rock aspect you mention, and I have a certain love for British synth-pop (as you know).

Posted by: Mason | October 11, 2005 10:19 PM

The lead singer isn't the high point of that band for me, either. He has a style of singing sometimes where he tosses up the individual syllables without regard to which ones would normally be stressed, which I find irritating. But that may be partly a songwriting issue.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 11, 2005 10:53 PM

The singing certainly isn't the best part of the song, but I don't really find it grating either. (It's not great, but it doesn't grate?) Consider this, however--what if you swapped in the lead singer from Rammstein? I'm getting a funny feeling in my pants just thinking about it...

Posted by: Lemming | October 13, 2005 12:16 PM

I have to say, I didn't find anything remotely annoying about the singing in Love+Pain. Nothing to write home about, but nothing that detracted from my appreciation of the song.

The singing in Details of the War, however, could peel paint.

Posted by: Lanth | October 13, 2005 11:47 PM

The guy's voice bothered me. What can I say.

Rammstein can be painful---especially their version of Barbie Girl.

Posted by: Mason | October 14, 2005 1:53 AM

Yeah, the lead singer of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a different story. I meant to say something about the singing in my review of that album, but had trouble describing it. I did find that once I got used to his voice I enjoyed the album a lot more.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 14, 2005 10:26 AM
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