The Concretes
WYWH


3.0
good

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
November 9th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Concretes are dead, long live The Concretes!

It feels both apocalyptic and a little bit condescending to refer to the current situation in The Concretes’ career as post-Bergsman. In literal terms, the label is absolutely accurate and it is hard to dispute that their former leading vocalist was very much the soul of the band’s first four releases – particularly the excellent self-titled album – but lest we forget, The Concretes are an eight-person band. Hey Trouble, their first record following Bergsman’s departure to pursue her solo project Taken By Trees, was very hit-or-miss, executed exactly the way you would expect a band still picking up the pieces to react. Former drummer Lisa Milberg was bumped up to leading vocal duties and the real problem that the record encountered was that it emphasized more than anything that she was not her predecessor. WYWH marks a distinct change of direction: rather than attempt to stuff Milberg into the Bergsman-sized hole left in their sound, they’ve taken the bold step of ditching that set up altogether. The Concretes are practicing reinvention.

Purely in those terms, WYWH performs admirably. They sound fresher and more relevant than they have done in years, even eclipsing the latter records of Bergsman's time with the band. The best part, though, is that by itself (and if anything, it’s likely they want the fresh start) WYWH is still surprisingly great. The understated disco (for the comedown) throwback of songs like “”I Wish We’d Never Met” absolutely oozes with cool and the sparser moments like “Sing for Me” play to Milberg’s husky-voiced strengths in a way Hey Trouble completely failed to do. Their perpetual melancholy has found a new home in these lush, electronic soundscapes and it’s the type of self-assured sound that makes you kind of wish Hey Trouble didn’t exist: how tremendous of an out-of-the-ashes story would this have been? But then again, you can’t really blame them for struggling for footing - they did lose their figurehead member. Title track and closer “WYWH” sends them off confidently - cascading synths, a thumping beat, live-and-let-go lyrics – and this may as well be a completely different band from the one that released the self-titled in 2003: Bergsman, post-Bergsman, who cares? The Concretes are moving on.



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alachlahol
November 9th 2010


7515 Comments


i liked East Of Eden why are you always trashing my bands

alachlahol
November 9th 2010


7515 Comments


myspace makes this sound disco to max pro level 4. there's also a blackbird blackbird remix on here you swedes really do get around

ConsiderPhlebas
November 9th 2010


6157 Comments


Tight review, man. Never heard these guys before, sounds pretty sweet.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


7321 Comments


Great review.

ScarsOfAnarchy
November 9th 2010


40 Comments


Awesome review. I've never heard of this band and let alone I rarely listen to this genre, but I like it. It's different from the music I enjoy.

DiceMan
November 9th 2010


7068 Comments


WYWH=Wish You Were Here ? ? ?

AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still need to get this.
but review make me optimistic.

Kiran
Emeritus
November 9th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks guys.

WYWH=Wish You Were Here ? ? ?

correct!
but review make me optimistic.

saw the p4k review after the sputnik drone gave this a 2 and they were being so harsh

AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

usually are the punk bitches.

unless its Surf-Gaze or whatever.
still excited regardless.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gotta check this out, haven't really liked the concretes since in colour and loved east of eden but when have you steered me wrong

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MeatSalad
November 11th 2010


15073 Comments


If you weren't staff, I'd give you a pos for that summary.

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bab808
December 1st 2010


456 Comments


wish you were here



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