The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement - 2008 Alternative Indie Rock - Sealed LP

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The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement


Label:    Domino – WIGLP208
Format:    Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
Country:    UK & Europe
Released:    2015
Original Release: 2005
Genre:    Rock
Style:    Alternative Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Rock

 

Tracklist


A1        The Age Of The Understatement    
A2        Standing Next To Me    
A3        Calm Like You    
A4        Separate And Ever Deadly    
A5        The Chamber    
A6        Only The Truth    

B1        My Mistakes Were Made For You    
B2        Black Plant    
B3        I Don't Like You Anymore    
B4        In My Room
B5        Meeting Place    
B6        The Time Has Come Again

 

"The biggest difference between the Last Shadow Puppets and Turner's main gig is in the lyrics. Though less immediately noticeable than the majestic production, the change in the scale of Turner's songwriting is ultimately more profound. "Burglary and fireworks, the skies they were alight," Turner sings on "Calm Like You", describing a once-exciting city and the bitter romance that took place there. Brisk, timpani-rumbling "Standing Next to Me" is just conventional love-triangle stuff, but it finds Turner moving from his anthropologically detailed Arctics brushstrokes to bold, cinematic gestures: "You want to have her/ Two years have gone now/ But I can't relate." And on stinging recrimination "Black Plant": "He's got papercuts from the love letters you never gave him."

Turner wisely decides not to compete in the crooner sweepstakes, letting his voice retain its usual charming grittiness. Kane, from near Liverpool, sings in a voice that blends in as naturally as if they were brothers. So if you hear only the caustic vocals and lavish arrangements of faster-paced tracks like "Only the Truth", the Last Shadow Puppets are exactly what you'd expect Arctics-with-strings to sound like. This single-mindedness hampers songs like "The Chamber" or "I Don't Like You Any More", which work fine on their own but offer little to distinguish themselves when following The Age of the Understatement's stirring first half. As on both Arctics albums, though, Turner keeps a tender surprise up his sleeve. The first minute of finale "The Time Has Come Again" strips away all but neatly picked acoustic guitar and a 22-year-old's panging nostalgia for a few years earlier. "Don't go too soon/ She went too soon," Turner and Kane harmonize, as strings rise up to meet them, whatever people say they are, and everything else." (Pitchfork)

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