Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Tape Club


2.5
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by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
December 13th, 2011 | 16 replies | 6,741 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: About as satisfying and conclusive as an unfinis

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have led a fairly unobtrusive musical career thus far. Debut LP Broom certainly had its charming moments and carried enough modest serenity to cement itself as an enjoyable indie-pop record, albeit at a point in time just before indie-pop itself had begun to feel exhausted. Subsequently, after signing to Polyvinyl, the foursome released both Pershing and Let It Sway in similar fashion, with their graceful and pleasant songwriting hitting audiences in generally positive ways and further fixating the quirky Missourians as fine artists of their craft in the indie scene.

Then came talk of Tape Club. The release, according to Polyvinyl's site, was to be a "carefully curated 26-song collection" of recordings that were somehow "above and beyond what could be included in their previous records." Now I don't know about you, but I'm somewhere between twelve and fifteen percent offended - offended at the label's intimation that we foolish listeners wouldn't be able to look past their ornate descriptors of Tape Club and to see it for what it really is: twenty-six tracks that feels like sixty-two tracks that could have easily been condensed into about six two-minute tracks.

You see, and I beg you to pardon my French, Tape Club is sort of like being on the receiving end of oral sex whose two participants are mutually inebriated: it takes awhile to get going, there's some slight droopage somewhere in the middle of the ordeal, and remembering it in the morning is harder than you'd thought but not worth the effort regardless. Tracks one through five are that particularly sluggish start - not until 78-second ditty 'Spinning Sea' do SSLYBY gain a sense of purpose (or at least momentarily drop their blissfully unhurried pretensions), at which point the collection offers its listeners a few tracks worth falsetto-ing along to. 'Half-Awake' even bears witness to the foursome's ability to throw eccentric time signatures and more technical melodies into their generally less outlandish song structures. The release doesn't offer a whole lot more than a handful of catchy hooks and hummable melodies though. The handclaps of 'New Day' echo dully forth as if Ben Stein were in charge of their arrangement, whereas two-minute long Same Speed' outstays its welcome by a solid ninety-five seconds. And I'm still baffled by what the hell they were going for with the synth-pop queerness of 'Yellow Missing Signs.' In general, the record's tracks don't leave the listener with much more than a boredom headache and the lingering taste of dusty water, whatever the audial form of that particular sensation may be.

I shouldn't say that I wish SSLYBY would not have released Tape Club - the fact that it's a release of unnecessary material doesn't exactly detract from their repertoire any more than it adds to it. Maybe even I'm to blame; perhaps I allowed myself to be temporarily fooled by Polyvinyl's anticipatory adjectives in announcing the release and henceforth was doomed to be disappointed by it. Either way, so bare-boned a collection of tracks are at best worth their weight in coal, and show that sometimes it's just better to call B-sides what they are.



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iFghtffyrdmns
December 13th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Started writing this a couple months ago when it was being released but then a handful of botched interviews and final exams took over my life instead. Errrm… yeah. Stream:
http://sslyby.bandcamp.com/album/tape-club

AuntJemima
December 13th 2011



79 Comments


You see, and I beg you to pardon my French, Tape Club is sort of like being on the receiving end of oral sex whose two participants are mutually inebriated: it takes awhile to get going, there's some slight droopage somewhere in the middle of the ordeal, and remembering it in the morning is harder than you'd thought but not worth the effort regardless.


I'm all for simile, but this is unnecessary. It's crass, and I don't remember what I'm even reading about anymore.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2011



49791 Comments


where ya been?

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iFghtffyrdmns
December 13th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Rob I shit you not literally AS I read that, the line "where ya beeeeeeeen" from Luca (Brand New) was sung. Now I'm creeped the fuck out and won't be able to sleep, shit.

And to answer the question, final exams / jeff rosenstock-ing interviews got me bogged down bro =/

craigy2
December 13th 2011



551 Comments


jeff rosenstock-ing interviews?! hella jealous.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2011



49791 Comments


Boris?
Wrong Boris
You interviewed Rosenstock WHAAAATTTTTT

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2011



30882 Comments


Summary is mildly amusing

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rasputin
December 13th 2011



14517 Comments


band name is fucking awful

Acanthus
December 13th 2011



9537 Comments


These guys are from my town, never gunna give them a listen but it's cool to see them here.

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linkjerk
December 13th 2011



311 Comments


I like this summary

iFghtffyrdmns
December 13th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hi casey
and no i didn't interview jeff rosenstock I was saying that I was pulling a jeff rosenstock on the interviews I had (I think it's a song on Get Warmer where he's like "yeah my life just repeats, that 2005 series of rejected applications and me botching interviews.")

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 13th 2011



10585 Comments


How many people did you honestly believe were going to get that reference?


Also, as solid a review as ever, Eric. Pleasant read. I saw you getting mad plays on last.fm and decided to check this band out. Wasn't terrible impressed but still a prety good band. Pos.

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iFghtffyrdmns
December 13th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shit idk man people love bomb the music industry around here so I guess I was hopeful they would.

Appreciate it though, yeah if I had to write another summary of this album (and sometimes just this band in general) it would be "alright I'm kinda bored let's listen to something else."

foxblood
December 13th 2011



6797 Comments


i loved broom, but kind of gave up after pershing. probably won't bother with this, good review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2011



49791 Comments


Bro, Get Warmer is the only one I don't know very well

iFghtffyrdmns
December 13th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you should change that cause it's a super awesome record.
i'm pretty much like the only person who think this but I think get warmer beats out vacation and adults in terms of jeff being fucking jeff to the nth degree and it totally working



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