Motorpsycho
Let Them Eat Cake


4.5
superb

Review

by Hurricanslash USER (37 Reviews)
August 10th, 2011 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I need some coffee.

Phase 7: Approaching the Jazz

Part 1: Let them Eat Cake

After the grandiose "Trust Us", things changed. First of all, a new century started. And on the other hand the three motorpsychos probably sat together in a room one fateful night and said: "Hey, let's make some jazz influenced music! I mean, it just isn't radically different than anything else we have done before!".

Yeah. Well, but from that point on, the three made their way back into the studio to record some tunes. And these would shock the whole Motorpsycho community.

The biggest change in sound on this album are definitely the overdubs. There are so many instruments on some of the tracks it just gets difficult to count. They included nearly a whole orchestra on the album! Next change were the songs itself. Like said before, the songs had a more jazz- and pop-vibe to them rather than the heavy indie-guitars they became popular for. Needless to say, the fanbase was perplexed. Could this combination work? Had Motorpsycho lost their original sound?

Well, yes and no. While the songs on here are unlike everything else they had ever written before, it was most certainly still Motorpsycho. Their talent for awesome melodies still shines through, their musicianship was top-notch as always and they still couldn't sing that well.

But now about the songs. The variety on here is stunning. We get a pocket symphony (The Other Fool), laid-back jazz songs (Upstairs - Downstairs), fun party rockers (Walkin' with J.), just plain epic songs (30/30, which was so epic, I wanted it to do a FATALITY! on my mp3- and cd-player) and so on. And again they prove that songs don't necessarily have to be what they sound like in the first place with "Whip That Ghost (A Song For a Bro)", which is a hommage to the Allman Brothers and starts out with a bass riff that makes you believe it's going to be a hard rocking song but morphs into a jazz-jamsession. No song on here is a stinker, which means you're most likely to put the album on and on again, which you should, because there are many awesome details that you don't get on the first listen

This album will make you smile, it doesn't matter which mood you had before. It's one of the happiest albums I ever listened to and also one of the most optimistic. This here will please anybody from rockers to jazzfans to popfans. This is recommended highly to any fan of music. You won't be disappointed.


Recommended Downloads:

"The Other Fool" and "Walkin' with J.", because they are the best representations of the albums sound than anything else.



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Hurricanslash
August 10th 2011


471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Because this band had several phases in their sound I decided to review them one-by-one, but not in the order that they came out, because seriously, these guys need more attention.

Fun fact: The fanbase flat out loved the change in style.

Yotimi
August 10th 2011


6549 Comments


I've only heard Timothy's Monster, which is great. I need to check more stuff out from these guys

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scissorlocked
April 13th 2013


3511 Comments


digging this right now and it's awesome

also, fuck you sputnik for not commenting on such a record

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Mad.
December 12th 2013


4068 Comments


also, fuck you sputnik for not listening to such a band

Hurricanslash
December 13th 2013


471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*Bumping own review*

Could you finally start listening to this album, sputnikpeople?

Walking with J.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRAB5XoDTO0

KILL
December 13th 2013


72090 Comments


theres no bread

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Mad.
December 13th 2013


4068 Comments


Will defo listen to this don't worry, but it'll take me awhile since I might work back from Still Life. The Death Defying Unicorn is a near 5 tho



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