The New Year
The End Is Near


4.0
excellent

Review

by disill USER (1 Reviews)
November 13th, 2008 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: deceptivly simple, understated indie

I was lucky enough to see The New Year in London a few nights ago, and it was one of the two types of show I enjoy more than any other: small, intimate and laid back. And that seems to sum up The New Year’s sound in general. They’re not big and showy; they just write consistently accomplished and deceptively simple, understated indie songs.

A gentle opening with the piano and guitar led “End’s Not Near” is drenched in feedback and bitter cynicism as it reaches its conclusion, setting the tone for the rest of the album. “Chinese Handcuffs” is easily the highlight of the album, and possibly one of the best songs The New Year have put out to date. It builds on the unusual time signatures they often use, and a simple bass line, slowly introducing soft guitar lines and the most interesting vocal performance from Matt Kadane on the entire album, almost whispering “We’re not two peas in a pod, we’re two fingers in Chinese handcuffs.”

The consistency of the album is hard to fault, and though there isn’t a huge amount of variation, there’s enough between each song to keep you listening and interested for the half hour the album occupies. The only point where it wears a bit thin is on “18”, which is an eight minute long build up that almost doesn’t manage to be worth it, thankfully the rather loud close just about makes up for it dragging a little.

The album is relentlessly pessimistic and downcast, which can make it heavy listening at times, and as I’ve already stated there isn’t a great deal of overt variation or innovation (bar a few interesting tracks), but give it a few listens and you start to pick up on the subtle nuances buried beneath the apparently straightforward exterior and it really starts to click. I’m reluctant to repeat myself too much, but understated really is the perfect way to describe this record, and The New Year in general.


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Fugue
November 13th 2008


7371 Comments


Never heard of these guys, who do they sound like?

disill
November 13th 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their new self titled album has some vaguely early Death Cab-esq sounds. And they're often compared to Red House Painters. I guess I should have mentioned that in the review really.

Fugue
November 13th 2008


7371 Comments


Haha yeah may have been helpful =]
but yeah sound good, I might have to check them out.

disill
November 13th 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeahh.

I'll go back and rework that in at some point...

MasterandCommander
January 4th 2010


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album.

North0House2
January 8th 2012


6120 Comments


Shame this doesn't have more ratings...

hydora1171
October 26th 2012


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really, really good. "18" is actually one of my favourite songs on the this album, after "Age of Conceit".

yep123
January 16th 2015


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They sound like bedhead. I dont think this reviewer has ever heard of bedhead.

WillieD
March 28th 2015


349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The reason they sound like Bedhead is because they were formed by Matt and Bubba Kadane of Bedhead.

yep123
May 21st 2015


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no shit sherlock

WillieD
May 31st 2015


349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What's a no shit sherlock?

WillieD
August 9th 2015


349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My response was actually sarcastic as he didn't use a comma after "no shit".

Snake.
August 9th 2015


24260 Comments


yeah you got him good

WillieD
August 23rd 2015


349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you!

Deathconscious
January 24th 2019


26880 Comments


Is this as good as Bedhead?

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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2020


3910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules hard



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