Pepe Deluxe
Queen of the Wave


3.0
good

Review

by Sam Feldman USER (7 Reviews)
February 21st, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is truly mind-blowing stuff.

Well isn't this interesting? Band makes some overly bombastic, obscenely ambitious space-opera about Atlantis and black magic and anti-gravitational artifacts, attempts to combine a multitude of sounds and compositions, and calls it Queen of The Wave. But does it all matter?

In one word, no. After all the glitz of this overblown concept are gone with the wind, what we have left is the music. Make no mistake about it - there is nothing here that in any way connects or represents these songs and the concept behind them. Pepe Deluxe attempt to create this huge story of sound and end up masking the tale in its own weight. Basically, this thing falls in on itself all too often; too many moments where things just don't seem right, the concept never really clear or pulsing through the music.

I think this might be one of those times where you really wished you liked something as much as you actually did. "Let me sing a song for you / Let me spin a tale that's true" Queen of The Wave begins on "Queenswave" a truly cool song, with an unrelenting groove and a 70's rock vibe to it. It's on these more subdued but still wacky tunes that Queen of The Wave succeed as opposed to the layered insanity and massive jam-outs that just seem so unnecessary featured on cuts like "The Storm".

The real show here is "My Flaming Thirst" which pretty much single handedly gives this album brilliance. This is where this supreme vision of Pepe Deluxe's is in perfect unison, the heartbreaking progressions giving way to the most epic of choruses where everything shines and everything is glorious. "My Flaming Thirst" is a riveting, mesmerizing supernova of a song, this glorious voice carrying us up through the stretches of Pepe Deluxe's own imagination, finally nailing it.

But we never get back there. Even the cool-as-hell interlude "In The Cave" which was, of course, recorded in a cave in Virginia, even with its actual echoed rain drops and the use of some gigantic organ, can't save Queen of The Wave from its own ridiculousness. This is truly mind-blowing stuff that is unfortunately too focused on blowing your mind.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
chambered69
February 21st 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

interesting hope you enjoy the review

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2012


31367 Comments


And you certainly would know about blowing minds

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

chambered69
February 21st 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey man

Jash
February 21st 2012


4244 Comments


Scoot showed me a song from this yesterday and it was super cool, I gota check the rest of this out

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well there's no pleasing some people.

chambered69
February 21st 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha

conradtao
Emeritus
February 21st 2012


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wait when the fuck did this start getting attention

Just a week ago it had only one rating

chambered69
February 21st 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you should write a review for it

conradtao
Emeritus
February 21st 2012


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's literally next on my to-review list!

It's also currently the only item on it, but still..

chambered69
February 21st 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yay cant wait to read

fsharptrit0ne
February 21st 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

wow a 3

Scoot
February 21st 2012


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright i'm definitely reviewing it now

not saying that this is bad, just a different perspective

fsharptrit0ne
February 21st 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i meant wow as in i can't even think of this being anything lower than a 4. i'm not angry or anything.
review it, it needs way more attention here

Scoot
February 21st 2012


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah well if conradtao is going to review it i might hold out for a bit, he's staff and we have the same rating

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2012


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

edit, heresy

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Scoot
February 21st 2012


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it was next to impossible to find

check your profile

fsharptrit0ne
February 21st 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

aids go to zona musical and search for it there

Scoot
February 21st 2012


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i got him

Tyrael
February 22nd 2012


20901 Comments


oh

DoubtGin
February 22nd 2012


6752 Comments


neg



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