The Sounds
Something to Die For


4.0
excellent

Review

by acADHDemy USER (9 Reviews)
March 28th, 2011 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metal Gear Solid Ranked: sometimes i'm 4-2-1-3 but other times i'm 4-2-3-1... or 4-1-2-3? fuck

Usually, when a band crosses the proverbial rubicon, a certain fearlessness attaches. This moment is supposed to be mark the boldest point in the band's career, so when I heard that new wave revivalists The Sounds (my third or fourth favorite band of swedes) had decided to title their third LP Crossing the Rubicon, I foresaw this kind of change. I saw them transforming pop music in some sort of grand conquest... and I saw myself dancing along. It was a little gay.

Looking back, I'm not sure what I was thinking. I liked Crossing well enough, and the album provided one or two great tracks, but I couldn’t really disagree with people who hated it. There just wasn't much there to celebrate. It was... just ok.

All the tweaks to make the band more accessible (pretty obviously) made them more boring. I understand that this phenomenon isn't all that groundbreaking (and that this isn't even a review of that album), but to go one step further: In our musical ecosystem, rock radio that endures has had to be comprised of diluted, tame archetypes of alt-indi-etal-unk so that it is able to appeal to people who, for some reason, haven't discovered the internet or at least how to use it properly (old people, dumb people, grammy voters, people who watch NCIS, people from Staten Island, etc.). MTV-esque pop music, on the other hand, seems better described as a rapidly revolving door of trendy rap-&B-tronica. Substance doesn't sell-- but innovation does. Either make or get with what's hot, but you better do it fast, and you sure as shit can't go backwards (exception that creates the rule: Lady Gaga).

So when The Sounds, a band somewhere in the middle, set out to conquer pop music, their sweet, synthy mix of sappy love and LET'S PARTY, JA songs, were simultaneously too run-of-the-mill for one audience and too off-centre for another. What I should have realized then, and what Something to Die For pretty firmly establishes now, is that the band's natural formula makes them a perfectly viable, behind-the-curve, 90's pop act... and I'm cool enough to be lame enough to like that.

The new album, the band's first release since signing with kitchen-sink-punk label SideOneDummy, is not a celebration of everything that made the band's first two albums excellent (danceable rock, sprinkled with synth, but raw enough to keep you interested). Instead, Something to Die For is a simple, uncomplicated step in the right direction. It is more a perfection of the sound they tried for when they crossed on Rubicon, with a few surprises here and there for good measure. "Better Off Dead," while hardly representative of the rest of the album, is the band's most adventurous song in years. "Diana," with some surprisingly pronounced guitar work, feels like the foot-tapper that "4 Songs & a Fight" should have been. "The No No Song," "Dance With the Devil," and the title track are equally as addicting.

You basically know what you're looking for if you're checking this out (which I obviously hope you are). The band has never been much for intricate songwriting, instrumentation or lyricism. Maja's vocals have always been the draw, and she doesn't disappoint. Besides being a little front-loaded (the songs discussed above are tracks two through six, and the end of the album is a bit sleepy), this is definitely good for a few plays.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
acADHDemy
March 28th 2011


1118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

uh its officially the 29th in some time zones and im there, on a boat



prob doing drugs too

dylantheairplane
March 28th 2011


2181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dance With The Devil is awesome. I Am quite pleased with this album yes yes.

gaslightanthem
March 28th 2011


5208 Comments


doInG DRGUGS fuck

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011


31535 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

doing lots of weed and smoking grass too

gaslightanthem
March 28th 2011


5208 Comments


yr doing drugs maybe uoy';d like animal collecrtive NwW lol

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011


31535 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not sure about that but when im all spun, sputnik comment boxes look like they have nipples



http://i.imgur.com/IORin.png

gaslightanthem
March 28th 2011


5208 Comments


and my avatar looks like a vagina

acADHDemy
March 28th 2011


1118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

precisly

iFghtffyrdmns
March 28th 2011


7045 Comments


holy multiple academy's (almost)


BrownPark
March 28th 2011


158 Comments


looks like a twat on fire dude

SharkEthic
March 28th 2011


585 Comments


it's 1-4-2-3!

AggravatedYeti
March 28th 2011


7683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



doing lots of weed and smoking grass too




hahahaha

WatchItExplode
March 28th 2011


6669 Comments


This band was rediculously accessible to begin with, not sure why further steps to that end were necessary. I look forward to checking this out but will be shocked if it warrants more than a 3.5

Digging: Pile - Green and Grey

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011


31535 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah its not that people didn't like them... its that the music wasn't played on mtv or the radio... like my mom would never hear about the sounds unless someone with the internet gave them to her, because she's old and only listens to top 40

cvlts
March 28th 2011


9545 Comments


and I'm cool enough to be lame enough to like that.

lol

Digging: Comrades - Lone/Grey

lancebramsay
March 28th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Album is good too, nothing worth creaming your pants for though.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011


31535 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man

MrHotMoms
April 15th 2011


619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice review, I pos'd anmd 5'd

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


31535 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

finally going to see them (her) live on friday



acad
November 2nd 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cool review, bro!



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