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Sostie
post Aug 18 2008, 10:21 AM
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post Aug 31 2008, 09:59 AM
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HELLO DARLING - WIFE OF ROLEX

Once more Wife of Rolex doth deliver the exceptionally well-crafted artwork for the first (from my perspective at least) installment of the new loop, and a solid entry it is too. Few tracks of the barnstorming variety, but consistent in terms of quality and sound for the most part. Track by track...

01: Eastern flavours aplenty (and the compilation title) which may or may not be authentic, but its still a light, short but decidedly cool opener.

02: Blippy bleepy chilled electronica is soon joined by relaxed vocals that evoke the 80s. It's overlong, certainly, but nice enough all the same.

03: This has all the hallmarks of a 60s guitar band, with a bit of a spacey feel, but the quirky trumpet noise in the background makes it really interesting and that little bit different. An early highlight.

04: A good transition from the last track to this not so much in terms of genre but in keeping a swinging theme running. Funky beats, breathy flute-tooting and whacked-out organ riffing combine for some great party music.

05: Bit of a mis-step this I'm afraid. Pretty standard dancey-wancey that wouldn't seem out of place in a futuristic racing game on the Sony PlayStation circa 1997, but a tad naff here and now.

06: The opening doesn't do this track any favours, but once it launches into the tune proper, I was greeted with a winning off-kilter melody, with a spiky attitude and vocals that are simultaneously brash and a teensy bit vulnerable. Bold and brilliant.

07:
Plips, plops, beats and snares. It's dance remix territory! Unfortunately, this offers nothing more to the original version than unneccessary padding length.

08: One of my favourite constantly evolving duos currently out there. I would probably rank their most recent album as their best, with their debut second, and the album this track is taken from third - but that is certainly not to diminish the quality of said work. Even then, this is not my favourite off that album, but it's still ahead of the competition in nearly every regards.

09:
Pretty ineffectual acousticness that picks up considerably once the drums kick in, but it takes too long to get there. A bit dull.

10: A slow-burning song with rumbling percussion and gradual orchestration that builds and builds, lending an epic quality at odds with the singer, but all the better for it. A lovely piece of work.

11: The tinny drum loop and guitar-piano combo sounds a little Eels-esque, but not quite as good. There's just something lacking that leaves it being simply 'nice' rather than actually very good. Shame.

12: Kind of cool and spooky at first, but come the chorus it just turns into rather unexceptional pop fare. Hmph.

13: Despite this tune not really changing much at all throughout the track length, its filled with plenty of pleasant surprises and has a chirpy bouncy loopy feeling like spinning slowly in a circle until you're nicely dizzy but not enough to feel horribly ill. Gorgeous.

14: Choir, organ, cymbals! Then, ack! What is this? Backing music for a new National Lottery gameshow hosted by Tess Daly? Ludicrous.

15: This final track sounds like it would be included as the retro piece on the soundtrack of a quirky indie comedy-drama in which it would be played over the end and the following credits as the characters accept themselves and each other for who they are. That sounds a bit mean, but that it is not a pop at the track itself, which is a fine closer indeed.


Soooooooo...Hello Darling scores...


7/10


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- Sostie   TAPE LOOP - Reviews   Aug 18 2008, 10:21 AM
- - Wife Of Rolex   Every Now And Then (A Poignant Tale Of Perpetual T...   Aug 25 2008, 03:35 AM
- - logger   Baz - Side A: Rockin' Tracks 1. Put a big smi...   Aug 25 2008, 04:23 PM
- - Rua   Logger Logger Rhythms 1. A Fuzz Townshend /B.R....   Aug 28 2008, 01:58 PM
- - Ade   I like the disc title. Anyway, here's my rev...   Aug 30 2008, 01:56 PM
- - Kick in the Head   HELLO DARLING - WIFE OF ROLEX Once more Wife of R...   Aug 31 2008, 09:59 AM
- - maian   Why So Cheerious? by Rua. Track 1: We kick off wi...   Aug 31 2008, 07:06 PM
- - Jon 79   THE SELDOM KEEN SID - Maian 1. It's simplisti...   Aug 31 2008, 10:18 PM
- - Kick in the Head   EVERY NOW AND THEN - JON 79 I couldn't really...   Sep 13 2008, 02:46 PM
- - Baz   So Fresh Its Still Green - Ade Track 1 Good ro...   Sep 15 2008, 07:56 AM
- - Rua   Baz - Side A: Rockin' Tracks 1. Choral singin...   Sep 15 2008, 12:28 PM
- - logger   Ade - "So Fresh Off The Press It's Still ...   Sep 16 2008, 12:11 AM
- - Jon 79   Why So Cheerious? - Rua. 1. A great start. Fantas...   Sep 23 2008, 08:48 PM
- - Kick in the Head   THE SELDOM KEEN SID - MAIAN An incongruousness (i...   Sep 28 2008, 11:55 AM
- - logger   Noise Museum - Kick in the Head 1. Modern art sch...   Sep 29 2008, 08:58 PM
- - Rua   Ade - "So Fresh Off The Press It's Still ...   Sep 30 2008, 03:57 PM
- - maian   Logger - Logger Rhythms 1. Slightly overlong open...   Oct 1 2008, 06:19 PM
- - Jon 79   Logger Rhythms 1.Love this opening track. Funky b...   Oct 6 2008, 09:45 PM
- - Rua   Noise Museum by Kick In The Head. Like the cover ...   Oct 9 2008, 02:33 PM
- - Kick in the Head   WHY SO CHEERIOUS? - RUA Rua doesn't disappoin...   Oct 11 2008, 04:24 PM
- - logger   Hello Darling - Wife Of Rolex 1. Sounds of the su...   Oct 13 2008, 04:42 PM
- - maian   Baz Side A - Rockin' Tracks Track 1 - Epic i...   Oct 15 2008, 04:00 PM
- - maian   So Fresh Off The Press It's Still Green - Ade ...   Oct 15 2008, 05:08 PM
- - Rua   Hello Darling Wife Of Rolex Exquisite little co...   Oct 23 2008, 01:46 PM
|- - Wife Of Rolex   QUOTE (Rua @ Oct 23 2008, 02:46 PM) Oh Wi...   Oct 23 2008, 03:07 PM
- - Rua   It's a beautiful thing.   Oct 23 2008, 03:08 PM
- - logger   Jon 79 - Every Now And Then 1. Pleasantish but ra...   Oct 23 2008, 09:19 PM
- - Kick in the Head   LOGGER RHYTHMS - LOGGER With so many tracks, it s...   Oct 27 2008, 11:28 AM
- - Jon 79   Baz Side A Rockin' 1. A 10 minute cheese epi...   Oct 27 2008, 10:25 PM
- - Rua   Every Now And Then (A Poignant Tale Of Perpetual T...   Nov 7 2008, 04:56 PM
- - Jon 79   So Fresh Off The Press It's Still Green - Ade ...   Nov 23 2008, 04:03 PM
- - Wife Of Rolex   Baz Side A - Rockin' 1. An epic choral open...   Nov 23 2008, 07:56 PM
- - Wife Of Rolex   So Fresh Off The Press It's Still Green - Ade ...   Nov 23 2008, 10:00 PM
|- - Wife Of Rolex   QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Nov 23 2008, 10:00...   Dec 3 2008, 05:13 PM
- - Kick in the Head   SIDE A/SIDE B - BAZ Nice design, and a good conce...   Nov 24 2008, 01:28 PM
- - Kick in the Head   SO FRESH OFF THE PRESS, IT'S STILL GREEN - ADE...   Nov 26 2008, 07:51 PM
|- - Wife Of Rolex   QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Nov 26 2008, 07...   Nov 27 2008, 05:01 AM
- - Jon 79   Noise Museum - Kick In The Head 1. Musically this...   Dec 1 2008, 01:45 AM
- - maian   Wife of Rolex - Hello Darling 1. Starts out inter...   Dec 3 2008, 06:30 PM
- - Wife Of Rolex   Ooof!   Dec 3 2008, 07:17 PM
- - Jon 79   Hello Darling - Wife of Rolex 1. Nice Indian tune...   Dec 22 2008, 06:07 PM
- - logger   The Seldom Keen Sid - maian 1. Moroderesque beats...   Feb 2 2009, 03:13 PM
- - logger   I was just about to post my review of Rua's cd...   Feb 2 2009, 04:17 PM
|- - Rua   QUOTE (logger @ Feb 2 2009, 04:17 PM) I w...   Feb 2 2009, 04:26 PM
- - logger   It's just that I was about to post it, I would...   Feb 2 2009, 04:28 PM
- - Rua   That is really annoying. My out of work email does...   Feb 2 2009, 04:31 PM


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