Born Gold
Bodysongs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conrad Tao EMERITUS
February 3rd, 2012 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How did we sleep on this? How can we sleep on this?

Bodysongs forces you to acknowledge its existence. It throttles you giddily, its Adderall-addled synths, guitars, and bitcrushed-to-absolute-shit drums slapping you in the face with an almost-frightening urgency. It makes a direct grab for your heart with its irresistible and, yes, even moving words: "What a weary way we fall/ we're as old as emeralds." It exists purely in the moment - so what if over half of these songs are in the exact same key or have extremely similar melodies? - and it's convinced that this is the only way to right wrongs. "If you have a cruel complaint/ say it, just say it," exhorts "Morning Bath". (Note to self: never take relationship advice from Cecil Frena.) It longs for immortality, but is smart enough to know the futility of such a quest. It begs you to give it a second chance, insisting that it'll be "your boring horror/ your glowing black chimera," and although you may be exhausted by its relentless loudness, hyperactivity, and surface sheen of ecstatic joy, the poise and gravitas of Born Gold's songs pull you back in, the anxiety driving them to be as exultantly physical as they are speaking even louder than the album's ridiculously frenzied production.

Because Bodysongs is about you, goddammit! And these songs are as deeply felt as they come - vaguely cloying high school poetry on paper but life-affirming mantras on record. It's about "us" because Born Gold love to represent the nonspecific majority through the sweat-soaked jubilance of their increasingly legendary live show, masking insecurities, fears, and, yes, corporal obsession beneath layer upon layer of buzzing sound. This stuff is masterfully produced, expertly walking the very thin line separating feverish energy from full-on chaos. But more importantly, they seem perpetually on the brink of excess, Frena's words consistently hitting that sweet spot right before "annoyingly saccharine" and thankfully far away from "calculatedly aloof". By keeping us on the edge of our seats, these Canadian whippersnappers ensure that we'll always ready to jump out of them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
klap
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


10499 Comments


wat

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

captaincrunch11
February 2nd 2012


1231 Comments


Y U no make sense?

conradtao
Emeritus
February 2nd 2012


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better? idk

but this is quite good! it wears off a bit but it's really exciting to return to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50y0efALyh0

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


20857 Comments


You stealing my Summary ideas Conrad?

conradtao
Emeritus
February 2nd 2012


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oops.

i didn't see that, i'm sorry! whelp.

ohfoxxxycole
February 2nd 2012


4353 Comments


so wait what is this

conradtao
Emeritus
February 2nd 2012


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...false? this isn't "electronica", whatever that means..

it's just a review that i feel best describes this happy fun record

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well, you got my attention.

dcha
February 2nd 2012


990 Comments


I think you should add Glowbug in the recommended.

tkxxx7
February 2nd 2012


6153 Comments


This is so great

pizzamachine
February 2nd 2012


12571 Comments


How have I not heard of this before? Those synths! O_O

BikeInPond
February 3rd 2012


54 Comments


album does not do the live act justice

BikeInPond
February 3rd 2012


54 Comments


listen to it on drugs also

Tyrael
February 3rd 2012


20904 Comments


Conrad you better get dibs on the new Nicki Minaj bro I want you and only you to review that

that said, great review as always

fractured
February 3rd 2012


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOLY HELL THIS IS FUN

PorkchopExpress
February 3rd 2012


387 Comments


Oh man, this is really good.

JJwins
February 3rd 2012


641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is aight. Hate the dude's voice. Sort of cheesy...

Romulus
February 3rd 2012


8444 Comments


i want to hate this but it's too good!!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


17222 Comments


Anamanaguchi in the recs. will check out.

Yotimi
February 3rd 2012


6523 Comments


Lawn Knives is pretty sweet. Love the warbly vocals



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