Bedhead
WhatFunLifeWas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kane Cooper USER (6 Reviews)
August 7th, 2009 | 18 replies | 6,117 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


5 of 7 thought this review was well written

Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’, Pavement’s ‘Slanted and Enchanted’, Dinosaur Jr.’s ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, Sonic Youth’s ‘Daydream Nation’, and Guided by Voices ‘Bee Thousand’. The quintessential list of indie classics churned out by every hipster with a Pitchfork subscription and his third cousin twice removed. It’s a crying shame bordering on total travesty that Bedhead’s 1994 debut release ‘WhatFunLifeWas’ isn’t another staple on this hip list. Reassuring and horrifying in equal measure this is one of those intimate albums that feel as though the band is playing just for you and maybe a few friends in an small enclosed room.

Essentially, the album builds in small spirals; the three guitarists patiently piling up fragile riffs supported by a singer who seems to have forgotten he’s singing for an audience, and a drummer overly fond of his cymbals. This may seem uninviting but in actuality there is an overwhelming beauty to the artless approach Bedhead have for their music. You feel everything is under control even when the music is sweeping to some crescendo or rising in sudden increased intensity. It’s all clean undistorted guitars and low key vocals that thematically touch upon loss and depression but with a sense of the profound. ‘WhatFunLifeWas’ is a modest album; slow indie rock with a hint of the epic, that draws upon it’s broodiness to create a serenely personal atmosphere. An unrecognised classic, this deserves your attention.



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Roach
August 7th 2009



2149 Comments


Not so happy with this one but this severely need a review.

You can download the album from my blog here:

http://kissedbyaroach.blogspot.com/2009/08/bedhead-whatfunlifewas.html

WARNING: Album should be listened to at 3am for full effect.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2009



15002 Comments


yeah, you should definitely go indepth because as soon as the word indie (or, to be fair, as soon as those albums you mentioned were listed) i was hooked

this sounds very very interesting, but you should talk about the songs and all that.

checkin this album out though, so i guess your review was a success

almost seems like a 5/5 tho

robin
Emeritus
August 7th 2009



4247 Comments


nice revieew, sounds like beat happening

Roach
August 7th 2009



2149 Comments


This has probably got more in common with acts like Film School, you could vaguely class it as slowcore I guess.

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 7th 2009



3743 Comments


album's pretty great, nice short review too

Gyromania
August 7th 2009



15461 Comments


no tracklist?


Roach
August 7th 2009



2149 Comments


Ah, it wasn't me who added the album but I'll add that in.

Edit: Added.

ElvisChrist
August 7th 2009



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, short and sweet.
Wonderful album, the other two are just as good if not better.

P.S. first post

Waior
August 7th 2009



11447 Comments


Good first post, another good review, another warranted pos.

Album sounds sexy too.

Roach
August 7th 2009



2149 Comments


Thanks. Album is very sexy and worth trying out.

rasputin
August 7th 2009



14538 Comments


time to light up a roach and cry

rasputin
August 8th 2009



14538 Comments


love this shit i wanna die

Roach
August 8th 2009



2149 Comments


Knew you'd like this Berkay

rasputin
August 8th 2009



14538 Comments


killing myself to live

Roach
August 8th 2009



2149 Comments


living myself to kill

kitsch
August 8th 2009



5107 Comments


awesome, rasp was talking about this last night.

roach, ill link your blog to mine if you do the same.

http://www.rumoursaboutthemob.blogspot.com

Roach
August 9th 2009



2149 Comments


Ya, I'll link your blog.

Zorg
September 2nd 2009



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not Transaction de Novo but it's still awesome.



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