You Slut!
Critical Meat


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2009 | 29 replies | 14,695 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-rock on caffeine,

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

You Slut! are obviously a band that don’t take themselves too seriously. The band name itself is enough to tell you this, as are the similarly daft song titles on their 2007 debut, ‘Critical Meat’ – in particular, ‘Pie To The Death-Faced Indie Kid’. Therefore, it follows that their music is not too serious, or to put it more accurately, introspective. Indeed, the Derby/Nottingham, UK quartet peddle a fun, quirky brand of post-rock and math-rock comparable to fellow Brits Maybeshewill, and to a lesser extent, 65daysofstatic. Currently holed up, writing the follow up to this, their debut (mini-)album, You Slut! exhibit a great deal of potential on ‘Critical Meat’.

The album starts out energetically with ‘Cut And Shut By You Slut!’’s spiralling guitar riffs seemingly vaulting all over the place as a lively rhythm section holds it all together. This energy is maintained throughout much of the album and so makes for a very entertaining, dare I say it, fun listen. The tracks on ‘Critical Meat’ are often playful in their nature, twisting and turning all over the place with rapid guitar riffs, driving bass lines and the drums perfectly complimenting the sonic mayhem. All of these components, plus some post-rock-on-caffeine-esque, soaring riffs are present in ‘Roofio Shoots, Roofio Scores’, making it one of the best tracks on the album. Better yet is the more restrained (‘restrained’ being used very lightly) ‘Pie To The Death-Faced Indie Kid’ which furiously alternates between thick and thin textures with a call-and-response like pattern swaggering its way through the track.

The only argument you could really level at You Slut! is that it is often hard to distinguish between tracks. This is mainly because the tracks race along at such a fast pace that they almost seem to blur into one another. However, this fast pace is also a good thing because when you consider that the band are leaping from one time signature to another with gleeful abandon at THIS SPEED it is nothing short of extraordinary.

From start to finish ‘Critical Meat’ is an attack on the senses – in a very enjoyable way. Throughout its 24:08 running time you are bombarded with angular riff after angular riff and rhythmical hook after rhythmical hook. This is only the band’s debut and yet they already seem like seasoned pros – such is the ease with which they create brilliantly energetic math-rock. Currently holed up, writing the follow up to this, their debut (mini-)album, You Slut! exhibit a great deal of potential on ‘Critical Meat’, and if this is anything to go by, it’ll be fan-***ing-tastic.



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Waior
August 3rd 2009



11451 Comments


Hey, this sounds a lot better than their name would let on. Good review.

PanasonicYouth
August 3rd 2009



7411 Comments


this sounds badass.

CompanionCube
August 3rd 2009



977 Comments


you say math-rock and your recommendations say post-rock


craigy2
August 3rd 2009



551 Comments


giraffes? giraffes! are math-rock. to be honest, they're a little bit of both, i don't think i really communicated that particularly well
"post-rock on caffeine" is pretty much as close as i could get

Waior
August 3rd 2009



11451 Comments


Post-rock on caffeine sounds like an oxy-moron.

craigy2
August 3rd 2009



551 Comments


indeed it does. yet i still think thats a reasonable description

CompanionCube
August 3rd 2009



977 Comments


much clearer, have a pos

craigy2
August 3rd 2009



551 Comments


haha, thank you very much

PuddlesPuddles
August 4th 2009



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Whoah...this is pretty cool

HighandDriving
August 4th 2009



3288 Comments


Good review, checked out their myspace tracks and they sound dope.

EverythingEvil2113
August 14th 2009



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, it convinced me to get this and i'm glad i did. unlike some other instrumental bands out there these guys know how to get straight to the point without too much meandering around so it's never boring. good stuff

Romulus
August 14th 2009



8423 Comments


And the best band name ever award goes to...

Hro
February 27th 2010



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent stuff!!!

cirq
February 27th 2010



9263 Comments


Wow, I am so excited to go home and download this! Pos'd

GLN
May 6th 2010



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very cool stuff. Good review, but you are repeating yourself at the end writing "Currently holed up, writing the follow up to this, their debut (mini-)album, You Slut! exhibit a great deal of potential on ‘Critical Meat’." as you did in the intro section.
I think of it more as math-rock with some postrock influences, but I like the idea of postrock on caffeine.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2010



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome music. I've just checked it out.


Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

dcha
August 31st 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a fun album.

Jesuslaves
August 31st 2010



4655 Comments


What the hell

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best math-rock releases for sure.

dcha
September 2nd 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope they clean up their weak moments on their next release.



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