dEUS
Keep You Close


4.5
superb

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
November 12th, 2011 | 85 replies | 7,281 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just tell me, where have you been?

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

dEUS have always had to carry a heavy burden on their shoulders throughout their career ever since they produced In A Bar, Under The Sea and The Ideal Crash, two genre-bending masterpieces of experimental rock. Even though they did not gain all that much attention from mainstream media, especially in big countries like America and the UK, it still provided them an opportunity to prove to the world that a small country like Belgium can still produce bands of world class quality. However, after the release of The Ideal Crash, they seemed to be quite unsure about the future of their sound and started to develop themselves from a enthusiastic band of youngsters creating twisted, crazy experimental rock into a more mature band, relying on atmosphere rather than powerful rock instrumentation. For them, this was of course the ultimate test, because if they were really the talented young band everyone considered them to be, then they should have been able to shift genres without a serious loss in quality as a result. Sadly, their following efforts Pocket Revolution and Vantage Point, albeit being really good alternative rock albums, lacked a distinct kind of quality to set them apart from other, similar artists and made people, including me, wonder if switching genres really was a smart choicefor them after all. And now, we have dEUS' newest effort Keep You Close.

It has been a long time since I've been able to call something wonderful, but this album really deserves it. Of course, wonderful is still a really vague term, but to be honest, there really isn't another word that can describe the kind of album dEUS have created. From the catchy guitar lines on 'Constant Now' to the subtle piano licks and the so-perfect-it's-almost-silly vocal harmonies on 'Second Nature' to the violins on the title track, everything just fits in so well that it's almost unreal how well it all comes together in the end. This has always been one of dEUS' stronger points. They've always had their own way to make songs sound like they were the result of a collaborative effort. This makes it so that the instruments, when viewed by themselves, may not sound all that impressive or skillful, but as a whole it just works so well that you'll gladly forgive them for this minor setback.

It is curious how much dEUS have evolved from day one. How they went from having a heavy reliance on playing technical proficiency and a heavy base of sound effects and samples to a more evolved, mature sound that almost fully relies on creating a dense, warm atmosphere. This actually fits in really well if you look at the title of this effort (Keep You Close), because it seems to be focused at creating a distinct feeling of comfort and warmth. This is fully augmented by the production of the album, which seems to be aimed at making everything sound as melodic as possible, but at the same time it also manages to soften up the sound. It is almost as if this album was meant to be heard on a lazy Sunday afternoon, where all you want to do is relax.

As said, after hearing Vantage Point I was one of the non-believers that feared that dEUS would forever be stuck being a shadow of their former selves, but with Keep You Close they have done the impossible, they have rekindled my faith that one day they might top In A Bar, Under The Sea. I once feared dEUS' shift of genres was going to be their downfall, but now, after hearing dEUS' newest effort Keep You Close, I'm sure they made the right choice.

It's been 12 years since we've heard dEUS play at the top of their game, but it was well worth the wait...

Recommended tracks: All of them! Oh fine:
- Keep You Close
- Constant Now
- Easy
- The Final Blast



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


Review's not good by any kind of standard but I just wanted to get this out of the way...

Dedicated to clercqie!

As always, positive criticism is wanted and appreciated.

pizzamachine
November 12th 2011



12571 Comments


Good review! The sentences seem a bit long to me, but that's just a personal thing.

Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


Haha I hear ya! The original draft had sentences of over 100 words each :P

LG
November 12th 2011



3049 Comments


awful review, for an awful band. Just kiddin bro ;)

Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


Hehe, thanks for the neg :]

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2011



15268 Comments


Two things:

I'd distinguish between using your two different types of quotes. You use 'this' for pretty much everything. Don't forget about "this"! Personally, I use the single quotes for song titles and the double quotes for lyrics but it's pretty much up to you.

Also, it's not really correct to write 1 instead of "one" in a literary peice.

Other than that, I can say this is a quality review from start to finish, even if it is a little long winded at times. Worthy of a pos. By the way, I love this album. It's right around the edge of my top albums of 2011, not sure if it will make the cut or not. Still great nonetheless.



Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

DoubtGin
November 12th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

NO

good review though, possssss'd

Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


Thanks for the criticism Sowing! I changed those glaring mistakes.

DoubtGin you clearly haven't let the album sink in just yet ;]

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2011



15268 Comments


glaring mistakes lol

it was like major nit picking

Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


Sup sonic

glaring mistakes lol

it was like major nit picking


Compared to your reviews they were glaring mistakes

Gyromania
November 12th 2011



15164 Comments


Your writing seems to be getting more confident with each passing review, Thomas. Good work.

LG
November 12th 2011



3049 Comments


I didnt neg

Tyrael
November 12th 2011



20711 Comments


I didnt neg

I know, silly ;]

Thanks a lot Matthew, but I still have a very, very long way to go. Also, congrats n. 7 ;]

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2011



6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

FUCK YES!!!!

Digging: Sully - Blue

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2011



6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Whoever negged this, get out!

It's blasphemy this is not a 5, though ;)

Tyrael
November 13th 2011



20711 Comments


It's blasphemy this is not a 5, though ;)

Haha sorry, I realised I was a bit too quick with handing out 5's :]
Also, there are a lot of people that don't like me here on sputnik so I'm used to getting negged...

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011



6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm actually more upset with all the hate for Vantage Point, I love that record...

Tyrael
November 13th 2011



20711 Comments


Hmm yeah well I liked it, but I didn't love it :]

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011



6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fair enough, I was more referring to the hate in general ;)

Also I sooo wanna go see them in December, but it's like 45euros, wtf? :/

Tyrael
November 13th 2011



20711 Comments


I might go see them if I can find someone who wants to come along haha ;]
Most of my friends have pretty bad taste :]



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