Kap Bambino
Blacklist


3.0
good

Review

by Kevin K USER (58 Reviews)
April 13th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The electronic duo make the appropriate changes to make their sound listenable, even enjoyable.

It seems here that Kap Bambino have cooled off the sound they overheated with 2008's obnoxiously feisty Zero Life Night Vision. No really, you could go as far as to say their previous effort was volcanic: an explosion of sound that brought with it obfuscation and unwelcome panic. Come 2009, their "lava" has cooled and created solid ground in the process. Their sound hasn't changed that much, and, well, their little island isn't quite a slice of paradise either, but they take some of the right steps forward to at least stand on more sturdy ground. It's safe to say Kap Bambino's Blacklist is a decent, enjoyable dance album that doesn't come second to inhaling sulfur.

As I said before, their sound remains largely the same, but on Blacklist the French duo make some changes to make things much more listenable and stable. For one thing, vocals are now more audible and not shying behind the actual music. Caroline Martial's less-fuzzy makeover has more emphasis this time around, adding some balance to Bambino's sound. This is good because Martial has also improved with her singing voice. She has much more personality to her voice, dropping some of the bitchy, squirrely yelps for cleaner, legitimately appealing singing. She still predominantly shouts, but here she doesn't sound as monotonous or repetitive, showing some melodic twist to her shouts on "Dead Lazers" and "11:38". Outside of shouts you can hear slightly more docile stuff on "11:38" and "Blonde Roses", showing her range is a bit larger too. Her voice is much more listenable and effective this time around, but there are several times where her voice still falls a bit flat and sinks into that repetitive, pale area she swimmed in on Zero Life, however.

Besides their songstress, Bambino's computer man Orion Bouvier takes some steps forward in the instrumental department. The electronic melodies that crutch Martial's voice have also acquired some flair. Blacklist carries a darker tone than Zero Life, and is a bit more moody too. Album closer "Acid Eyes" is paired with infectious, buzzy progressions and genuine emotion that shifts around a bit during the song's course, making for a dynamic album closer. The production fits more comfortably alongside Martial's voice as a more sturdy facet to their sound. Some spacey, astral qualities can even be picked up on tracks like "11:38" and "Dead Lazers". Bouvier doesn't excell at what he does, but he definitely does it better than he could before. Still, the album begins to run together a bit around the later half because he doesn't make the package too exciting or sophisticated.

They've matured and taken the appropriate steps to fix some of their issues, which is respectable and pays off with this album's catchiness and less obnoxious punk vibe. Sure, Martial still gets pretty annoying every now and then, and this can be pretty rough to sit all the way through for some (others won't make it past the second track), but she generally gives her voice more passion and it has an overall greater effect on the album. Blacklist gives Kap Bambino some personality and, whereas they fell flat on their face with Zero Life, is a pretty charming listen as well. It's not the most vibrant or exhilarating thing you'll hear, but it's an interesting album for people looking for rebellious dance music.



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WashboardSuds
April 13th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

don't have time to write a better summary, will do that tomorrow. comments/criticism appreciated, thanks

Digging: Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura & Otomo... - Good Morning Good Night

iFghtffyrdmns
April 13th 2011


7047 Comments


might wanna break up that monster paragraph.

also, I noticed in the intro that you referred to the band as "they" before you even mentioned their name....obviously I know who the band is because the review is for them, but it came off as a little awkward when I was reading it.

needs a tracklist too

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2011


7318 Comments


What iFght said. I glanced over this one and noticed some good bits in here; will return tomorrow when it's a bit easier to read (and has a tracklist so that I actually know what you're talking about).

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

WashboardSuds
April 14th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

didn't notice the track list was missing, thanks guys, fixed.

also sorry about the huge paragraph, that was already 2 but I didn't break them up. summary's better too

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2011


7318 Comments


Great review - except for that opening paragraph. I'd personally recommend doing away with it, mainly as it seems to a.) make no sense and b.) have no real connection with the rest of the review. It's a valiant attempt at interesting writing, and I commend you for that, but I'll be honest and say it doesn't quite come off very well.

The rest of the review is solid. There's some really good lines in there which demonstrate nifty creativity.. I'd make a vaguely-worded suggestion that you should try to be a bit more interesting; I'm not sure how this is achieved to be honest, but ideally the piece should read with a bit more verve and intrigue. I'm not sure if that makes sense, so I'll just recommend a piece by thebhoy (Keelan H.) which is likely one of the best pieces of writing on this here site - it's something which I feel we all should be aiming for.

The piece in question is his review of Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz. It's unbelievably good.

WashboardSuds
April 14th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tracklisting isn't showing up, submitted it twice already. damn

anyway, thanks for the critique Irving
I think my writing is getting a bit stale myself, I need to find a sharper new way to say things about the music. I'll definitely read that review right now, thanks for hooking me up.

as for the opening paragraph I agree it isn't that substantial but it's point is to adress some of Zero Life's issues and show how the band improved on this album. I was skeptical about the metaphor I used in the beginning but I think it's fine now. other than that, not sure if I can really apply any changes to this review, I'll just have to fuck around a bit with writing and kick it into gear, maybe even take a wee break. thanks again Irving

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2011


7318 Comments


I'll just have to fuck around a bit with writing and kick it into gear

My thoughts exactly for my own writing. We've all got some work to do before we're up there with the best =)

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2011


7318 Comments


Oh and you're most welcome - twas my pleasure to be of assistance =)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2011


7122 Comments


Read it cause i can,go pour some pos sauce over your ice cream.



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