Merchandise
Children of Desire


4.5
superb

Review

by New Life For Lies USER (121 Reviews)
July 24th, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fun tunes for fun people.

Brooklyn-based label Katorga Works has been responsible for releasing several landmark punk albums in the last three or four years. Among these are the ripping and controversial Hoax 7”, crowd-punching its way into the hearts of hardcore kids everywhere, the sum of the ever bursting at the seams Denton, Texas scene alt-punk band Wiccans with last year’s excellent Skullduggery, and the hipster NYHC darlings Creem’s self-titled LP out earlier in 2012. Trolling around the web, you’ll find that many internet punx are extremely fond of these three groups- and for good reason, as all three propagate their respective niches in such highfalutin fashion that it’s tantamount to blasphemy to speak down on them in any way.

Based upon this it meant quite a bit when Katorga Works declared that Merchandise’s sophomore full length Children of Desire is “hands-down the best record we've been a part of.” It’s a bold statement that left album with shoes the size of Robert Wadlow’s to fill. It’s also worth noting that Merchandise is comprised of members of bands such as Nazi Dust- whose debut demo is considered by many to be one of the best hardcore releases of its kind in the past decade, Neon Blud, and Cult Ritual. Adding to all this pressure is the fact that Merchandise’s first LP, 2010’s (Strange Songs) In the Dark, was no slouch. That album brilliantly segued through genre dysphoria that would threaten to bury many lesser bands, arriving at a final destination that was somewhere between post-punk, nu-gaze, and hi-fi noise.

Children of Desire doesn’t exactly start where Strange Songs left off, but that proves to be only to Merchandise’s benefit. Children of Desire is first and foremost a pop album, and any listener would do well to keep that in mind. “Time” opens the album with a deep throated, bouncy guitar line and typical smashing post-punk drum fills. Vocalist Carson Cox croons to a lover, singing “we’re still young baby, but we’re getting old…I know your body and I miss it like your voice” and we’re off to the races. His vocals are front and center this time around, unlike past Merchandise releases, and the gambit pays off successfully as his fantastic diction fills the soul of the album.

“Become What You Are” pushes the envelope even farther, sounding something like an amalgamation of late-career Smiths and The Cure, with maybe a little of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks sprinkled on top, particularly as the song devolves from a straightforward rock track with Ian Curtis-approved pop sensibilities into a cacophonous swirl of electronics and keyboards. This song is one of two on the album that pushes past the ten minute mark, previously uncharted territory for Merchandise. The other is closer “Roser Park” which brings the album full circle, recycling the still fresh riff from “Time” into a vast soundscape of lethal cunning and perceptible delicacy. It really brings Children of Desire together in such an impressive configuration, proving that Merchandise can and will continue to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them.



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porch
July 24th 2012


8460 Comments


preferred strange songs but i need to give this a few more listens

Kiran
Emeritus
July 24th 2012


6020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

got this a couple days ago, stoked to listen when the sound on my laptop has come back from the dead!

Digging: D'Angelo - Voodoo

carouse
July 24th 2012


344 Comments


Great to see that this got reviewed. "Become What You Are" is such a powerhouse of a song, definitely pos'ing the review.

Blackbelt54
July 24th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another good review dude



I gotta check out their other album also those albums in your intro paragraph

Blackbelt54
July 24th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks will do

Relinquished
July 25th 2012


33816 Comments


these guys are cool, saw them live many months ago

Kiran
Emeritus
July 31st 2012


6020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"become what you are" is such a great song!

HighandDriving
July 31st 2012


3288 Comments


This album isn't that great.

Too happy.

Chortles
May 23rd 2013


19345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man I could listen to time all day, such a gnarly track

Digging: Arab Strap - Elephant Shoe

Chortles
December 17th 2013


19345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump

someguest
December 17th 2013


27587 Comments


Fun tunes for fun people.


I AM FUN

Digging: Funkadelic - Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow

sixdegrees
December 17th 2013


22310 Comments


really?

Digging: Vestidos - Vestidos

Chortles
December 17th 2013


19345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you know what to do then!!!!

SeaAnemone
April 4th 2014


21401 Comments


sometimes ya just gotta 4.5 albums this good

Nomos
September 3rd 2014


1177 Comments


Not my genre at all, but I love what I've heard. His voice is so unique and the music is so chill. "Green Lady" made me immediately download this album and their most recent.

Phlegm
April 11th 2015


7201 Comments


finally got around 2 these guys.. lovely lvely

SeaAnemone
April 25th 2015


21401 Comments


listened to this this morning and u know

Phlegm
April 25th 2015


7201 Comments


fk this albums just incred

Phlegm
May 8th 2015


7201 Comments


Time is timeless

PappyMason
May 8th 2015


5663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes!



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