Shy Child
Liquid Love


2.5
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Review

by IAJP USER (42 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2010 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not much love for Liquid Love

It's sometimes extremely annoying when children get hold of a loud and unavoidable toy. Like a toy hammer or a fake guitar. They make noises and undesirable vibrations that can really drive anybody insane. The same can be said of music, and in particular, the new breed of synth-pop music that is now washing up on every shore, the world over.

It seems that a lot of bands, Cut Copy, Delphic, Metronomy, Chromeo and Hot Chip are forever pedaling their own slightly different take on the synth-pop manual. Shy Child are no different, except that their previous album, Noise Won't Stop was an excellently produced and well thought out slice of sunny pulsating electronic pop music. The band itself hasn't changed so much on Liquid Love, and that in itself is the problem. The throwaway nature of the music lends itself to fun and punchy one album wonders, and at the behest of the band, the choice to mature and progress, a tactic which worked for MGMT.

But Shy Child chose to gamble and produce an identical release, only with songs less strong as on their first release - a baffling decision in anyone's book. Sure enough some tracks do still throb and bounce along with the trademark Prince-esque groove, but they lack the heart and quirky soul which made Noise Won't Stop extremely enjoyable.

Even in an environment which was completely devoid of electro-pop (which, let's not forget, is not this particular environment), this album would seem to be completely pointless, it's occasionally extremely flat and transparent, with the nonsensical lyrics becoming even more sidelined to make way for the occasional funky beat or slithery bassline.

That's not to say there aren't some fine tracks on the album, with the title track cruising into view sounding almost Fleetwood Mac - esque, before quickly winching itself into familiar groovy LCD Soundsystem / Rapture territory, a sentiment which is thoroughly carried on in the airy and bizarre Open Up The Sky. These highlights are not nearly enough to save the album from the vaults of mediocrity, though.

To compare this album to bands who have done this type of music well really shows it up, In Ghost Colours, Cut Copy's three year old classic, or MGMT's more pop orientated Oracular Spectacular. These records were empty, but stylistically they were brimming with the sheen and confidence which showed through their true 80's roots, Liquid Love isn't so much transparent, more as a non-entity in the grand scheme of electro pop, a pointless and shallow attempt to cash in on the sun-soaked craze of 80's reminiscence, one that unfortunately has probably worked too.



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IAJP
August 2nd 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what the fuck i uploaded the picture and named the album.

IAJP
August 2nd 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

when will the album cover for this show up? i uploaded it twice now and it looks like i've basically neglected the need to do that..does a mod need to approve it or something?

PoodleRapist
August 2nd 2010


268 Comments


aw that's too bad, i was looking forward to this.

and sometimes all that takes a while to go through. it should pop up sooner or later though.

Frankenhole
August 2nd 2010


57 Comments


This is probably a 2.5/3 based on your review.

PoodleRapist
August 2nd 2010


268 Comments


yeah i think a mod needs to approve it, though i'm not sure. i know i've waited on album covers to show up though.. it's annoying haha

Frankenhole
August 2nd 2010


57 Comments


If you add the album first and put the album art in then, it will show up. If you add the album and at the same time you add the review, it doesn't show up.

IAJP
August 3rd 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gay that. thanks anyway dudes, this album was a huge disappointment, considering how much i loved noise won't stop

Ponton
Emeritus
August 3rd 2010


6362 Comments


got that album art for you



Frankenhole
August 3rd 2010


57 Comments


That album art is bitchin'

IAJP
August 5th 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for uploading this album art, the article is now, COMPLETE!



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