Fink
Sort Of Revolution


2.5
average

Review

by IsItLuck? EMERITUS
September 3rd, 2009 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sort Of Revolution reads like a bromance novel with the same chapter repeating.

Fink is a British singer-songwriter, who up until this point has primarily been a local trending topic. Fin Greenall, who uses Fink as his artist alias, was once a DJ but traded rave parties for intimate ballroom shows. Sort Of Revolution, his latest album, finds Fink wandering through a background of R&B and relaxing jam-rock tracks. While he is no Jack Johnson, Fink does hold a fresh appeal, but an appeal that arises every so few months when you need to sit back and work on that month-long Powerpoint presentation.

With Sort Of Revolution you will find a minimalist effort, as in the sum of the parts will sound bare. The opener “Sort Of Revolution” moseys along relying on lowly guitar strums and snare clicks to provide the flavor under his more mainstream Sam Beam voice. But the moments when Fink utilizes a piano are perhaps his greatest moments within Sort Of Revolution. “See It All” combines as a piano Flashbulb track off Kirlian Selections with the perfect integration of vocals and strings. His DJ roots lie intact as “Q & A” features a humming pattern that accompanies hand made beats (literally), in what repeats the overall Dispatch-esque direction that resonates with each track. Fink also relies heavily on repeated three to five note strum patterns that limit any sort of dynamic change. The unfortunate part that encapsulates the entire album is with each song, you are never waiting for that moment of greatness, because it never happens. It is like knowing the ending of a 1-0 game in baseball that was won by an error. We hardly find a vocally enticing moment that bleeds emotion, but a calmer, collected Fink. In turn, the effort rubs off as rather bland.

Sort Of Revolution is nothing short of brodacious. It is the soundtrack to a dreary, rainy day that is filled with meticulous tasks or just another chance for a Jack Johnson fan to find that perfect dude who calms your nerves that sings you into a hazy sleep. Fink is inventive, but not groundbreaking which might as well be his crux. Sure, Fink has a nice voice on Sort Of Revolution, but a nice voice does not go very far in such a musically competitive environment.



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rasputin
September 4th 2009


14968 Comments


ryan flatley and i a bromance in the making

Roach
September 4th 2009


2148 Comments


Never gonna listen to this, good review etc

PanasonicYouth
September 5th 2009


7413 Comments


nothin' wrong with a lil' bromance here 'n there.

McP3000
September 6th 2009


4049 Comments


bromancelot

cirq
September 7th 2009


9349 Comments


exactly what roach said

Trifolium
November 4th 2018


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, it's been a while since someone posted here. Kind of dusty...

I'm always torn between this and Perfect Darkness for their best. PD usually wins, but this is superb too.

Dewinged
November 4th 2018


12035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see another fan of the man here, yeah I usually prefer Perfect Darkness, this being a close second. Not digging what he's doing lately though.

Digging: Rata Negra - Justicia Cosmica

Trifolium
November 5th 2018


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Completely agree. They are trying to create this big sound, whereas I love them most in the acoustic and bare moments. Like the first part of the PD t/t.

Oh and Wheels is amazing. Souns like a classic.

Dewinged
November 5th 2018


12035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the drop in songwriting quality is noticeable. Nothing post Perfect Darkness has really grabbed me.

Trifolium
November 5th 2018


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. Which is said because they came from such a high.

What do you think about the Concertgebouw album?

Dewinged
November 5th 2018


12035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The one with the orchestra? I haven't heard it much but the Berlin Sunrise version there is amazing.

Trifolium
November 5th 2018


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah! Totally. The arrangements are beautiful. And the Wheels live version is even better than the album one imo.

Dewinged
November 5th 2018


12035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well when you have an essentially good track like that anything you add just makes it better, plus the arrangements were pretty damn good.



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