Rolo Tomassi
Cosmology


4.0
excellent

Review

by BenHeller USER (15 Reviews)
May 31st, 2010 | 20 replies | 10,562 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some of the most furious, audacious and unrepentantly loud noises mixed with oddly haunting bitter sweet textures. It's a winner and more than a work in progress for the Sheffield quintet.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Part of Rolo Tomassi’s charm is that they don’t look remotely like they sound. Most new listeners would scan their group photos and suggest that they are more allied to gentle synth pop with a lead singer who could be a twee English version of Nina Persson. One will never know if this clever deception is deliberate but the Sheffield quintet can unleash some of the most furious, audacious and unrepentantly loud noises mixed with oddly haunting bitter sweet textures that highlight singer Eva Spence’s virtue to flip nonchalantly between both throat shredding doomsday merchant and perfectly pitched angelic upstart in an instant. The fact that she combines these vocal facets so effectively is partly the reason why the band’s second long player “Cosmology” is such a richly rewarding experience.

M.I.A producer Diplo is there as a guiding hand rather than a creative force, encouraging the band’s Cybergrind ambitions. The chilling slow burning instrumental intro “Katzenklavier” builds the sense of unease as it rips into the two most maniacal hardcore moments of the album in “Agamemnon” and “House House Casanova”. Early candidate for signature (if not highlight) tune is the thrilling “Party Wounds” which sees Eva and brother/keyboardist James Spence vocally battling it out for supremacy. James sounds like a human attempting to sound other worldly; Eva just sounds...other worldly, and wins, but not without leaving us with an exhilarating exploration into the heart of what makes Rolo Tomassi such an alluring band.

There’s a genuine momentum to the album, as the band travel from the explosive front end to a latter half that displays an almost celestial, wholly explorative mesh of prog rock, with complex rhythms and fluid tempo changes. “Kasia” is beautifully sweet all enveloping instrumental that bursts into Eva’s snarling with an almost psychotic vehemence. “Sakia” freely changes time signal five times in the first minute and a half, and yet still sounds surprisingly linear, such is the expertise of the band. Indeed, for their part much credit must go to the band members, gloriously exemplified by “Tongue In Chic”. Edward Dutton offers up dynamic, challenging rhythms, whilst guitarist Joe Nicholson works in a technically brilliant solo behind Eva’s vocal, and James Spence keeps the keyboards deliberately simple, often holding the melody together. The anthemic closer, and title track show just how far the band have come over the past three years, and given their tender ages, one feels sure that this is the stepping stone to something even greater in the next few years.

As long as Rolo Tomassi can maintain their sense of artistic freedom and Hassle Records have the patience to let them develop at their own pace, then the opportunities are endless and one feels that they are on the cusp of making an astounding record. Let’s hope it’s their next one. For now, “Cosmology” is far more than a work in progress.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2010



7311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. You'll need to upload some artwork though.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 31st 2010



3760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Succch a letdown. And yeah, really nice review and all, but this is just really disappointing.

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SeaAnemone
May 31st 2010



19677 Comments


nice review, I've really been looking forward to this, will probably still listen even though those ratings ^ are lower than I'd hoped

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Awesomesauce
June 1st 2010



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I quite liked this. The girl has some serious pipes on her.

Captain North
June 4th 2010



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as Hysterics but still a fucking solid album. At first I thought it was missing something but its grown on me (although the first two tracks should really be one).

FreePizzaDay
June 4th 2010



1526 Comments


I really want to get this. Hysterics was really good, and I'm anxious to hear where they went on this one. Good review, too.

Captain North
June 4th 2010



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is probably the best thing they've done so far. Certainly the back end of the album is very very tight.

iamSeraph
July 20th 2010



857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review. pos'd.

first half of the album seems very chaotic to me, even awkward and annoying at times.
but the second half changes for the better. kasia, sakia, tongue-in-chic and cosmology are awesome and atmospheric as hell - saving the record from the mean.


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adkymo
September 6th 2010



162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as has been previously said, this album is worth listening to for the last four songs alone.

dylanthedesertpea
September 20th 2010



587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vocalist is hot. i need to listen to this again

djunior
September 21st 2010



700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this isnt half bad

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hykinix
April 15th 2011



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boss.

Whatsgood
May 16th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To me they sound a lot like a more accessible, but not nearly as good version of The Number 12 Looks Like You. Still pretty entertaining. Probably worth more than one listen.

sixdegrees
January 29th 2013



16667 Comments


second half of this rules

MortimusPrime
October 31st 2013



2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this should have more than 109 votes.

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ASnideReturns
March 13th 2014



3299 Comments


Posting here because I need to check this out later.

MortimusPrime
March 13th 2014



2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes you do, this is the tits

wacknizzle
March 13th 2014



12561 Comments


Been meaning to check this out, getting now

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fomalhaut
April 22nd 2014



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty great album. Interesting sounds all over.

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April 22nd 2014



3191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I keep forgetting to listen to Astraea

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