Naked on the Vague
Heaps of Nothing


3.5
great

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
May 31st, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Naked on the Vague isn't going to let you forget that Heaps is a noise record at heart, even if different styles are on the horizon.

As easy as it would be to dismiss Heaps of Nothing as what its title suggests, it would be an injustice to not delve deep through the cacophonous bursts of angular dissonance and into... well... more noise. In this spirit, the album's title is humorous, if only for the mere fact that it's completely contradictory to the record's nature. A more appropriate title would be Heaps of Noise, but that's a little too obvious, don't you think? But then again, Naked on the Vague has made a perfectly obvious album. As it is, for a lack of a more professional/appropriate term, "pure noise."

If that wasn't blatant enough, perhaps fans would find it better to say that Heaps makes 2007's The Blood Pressure Sessions look like a minimalist, tranquil release. Yeah, it's that balls to the wall, and Naked on the Vague seem to be adapting quite nicely to their stylistic shift. Their sound no longer uses an excess of bass drum, but a plethora of boisterous keyboards, and some electronic flair to liven things up. But Heaps doesn't really need it; its impulsive chord changes come few and far between, but they're carefully executed (timing is still important to Naked on the Vague, thank goodness), so they come across as some of 2010's most exciting music moments, no doubt. But is that all that Heaps is? On first impression, the answer is yes, hands-down. However, when given more attention, the conclusion is nowhere near as obvious.

Sure, the band's sophomore album is strident and noisy, but underneath their abrasive aesthetic lay traits of more popular forms of music. Granted, they're small inclusions, but they're still there. Electronic snare hits are unexpected, as is the sudden utilization of pitch-bend production tactics."Sacred Youth" is an epic portrayal of all of Naked on the Vague's electric tinge, but a sense of doom metal still comes across, most notable on the first and last tracks. But Naked on the Vague isn't going to let you forget that Heaps is a noise record at heart, even if different styles are on the horizon. This ideology makes for a very overwhelming release, of course; but is it eclectic? Is it interesting? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes, ten times over.



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Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


I already see a few grammatical errors, and will fix them pronto. However, the brevity will remain the same, as this is more of a 20 minute write-up than anything else.

Bulldog
May 31st 2010


3796 Comments


such a bitchfork.

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


Just because I agree with Pitchfork on everything doesn't mean I'm a bitchfork; it means I'm simply better than you.

Bulldog
May 31st 2010


3796 Comments


hipster.

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


Okay, now you're just pointing out the obvious. I know I'm elitist. That's one of my best qualities.

Dryden
May 31st 2010


13236 Comments


sup bellderg

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


hello dryden

Dryden
May 31st 2010


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hey man

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


wanna be hipster with me?

Dryden
May 31st 2010


13236 Comments


nah im good. but you be the best darn hipster you can be and i will support you all the way

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


Why, then what cliche will you be today?

Dryden
May 31st 2010


13236 Comments


i am dryden and stay as dryden

Dryden
May 31st 2010


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plus im not an animal collective fan and nmh fan so i wouldnt make a good hipster

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


do you like radiohead?

Dryden
May 31st 2010


13236 Comments


nope sowwy

EBTCardMania
May 31st 2010


512 Comments


naked

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Foxhound
May 31st 2010


4570 Comments


Nice album cover.

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


nope sowwy


Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse, James Blake?

naked

the only way to cruise sputnik


EBTCardMania, currently rocking out with his cock out.

Nice album cover.


I know it's so vivid. I think this is the first time we've ever agreed on anything, Foxhound.


AggravatedYeti
May 31st 2010


7685 Comments


review's got me all interested

Bitchfork
May 31st 2010


7584 Comments


Yeah, if you like Sonic Youth, you'll like this: it's like a dumbed-down, less technically-oriented variant of it.



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