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Release Me


5.0
classic

Review

by acADHDemy USER (9 Reviews)
January 13th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Daughtercore pioneers transform their sound, lineup follows suit.

2005's Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking was a boneriffic, half-decade retreat to what alt-rock should sound like. It was a hamburger with maple syrup on it - pretty and ugly at the same time, and damned if that's not so good going down.

If you had listened to that album, then Release Me might shock you a bit. It's different... super-different. No June Gloom here -- this is a fluttery, uppity, head-bobbing britpop record. It certainly caught me by surprise (see my soundoff, June 17, 2010).

Prior to the recording of this album, bassist Charlotte Froom had left the band (eventually replaced by two new girls, who as far as this writer knows, are not "daughters" in the traditional sense), but the change in direction is more likely attributable to the band's collaboration work with producers Mark Ronson and (Phantom Planet frontman and total bro) Alex Greenwald, or a maturation (or perspective-shift) from the legend herself, Z-Berg.

Now, I know what you're thinking: Mark Ronson f-ucking SUCKS. . . and, yeah, I don’t think this album will change your opinion of him, but it is definitely the bright spot on his production discography. The upbeat, poppity-snap of opener “Wishing He Was Dead,” or the album’s infectious title track, is definitely attributable to Ronson. The organs on “Fair Game” and “Square One” lend a distinct 60s feel. It was weird at first, but I like it.

Z-Berg’s songwriting has also improved, and I’m not even talking about the album’s mood or feel. I mean, this is still girly as tit, and I really liked the debut, but where the banal lyrics on that album (Rachel Khong’s memorable review described them as “straight from soporific bio class margin-notes”) took a backseat to the muted spirituality of the girls’ instruments coming-of-age, Z’s able to keep pace with witty, upbeat tracks, winking rapidfire about cutesy stuff I can’t begin to understand (see, e.g., “Narcissus in a Red Dress”: I can see the hunger of compulsion in your face/High school skinny fades away/And you're just left with Polaroids capturing your fifteen minutes/Ain't it great"). I assume it’s pretty brilliant.

Anyway, I think you should check this out. The band's on an indefinite hiatus as of last spring. Also the Tennessee (drums) played in the Clash at Demonhead.



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MisterTornado
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments


Daughtercore?

iambandersnatch
January 13th 2012


1813 Comments


Yeah I have no idea what daughtercore is either lol, googling it gives me nothing.

Review reads more like a 4.0 or 4.5 to me, probably because 5.0's are usually a bit more beaming. Idk that could just be me.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2012


31513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i don't fucking write 4.0s or 4.5s



daughtercore, a genre of music from the future, concerns bands entirely comprised of famous daughters

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2012


16734 Comments


r they hot tho not sure from the cover

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2012


31513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

would def hit





http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZKu-qQP0nEY/TDpyNq1hhMI/AAAAAAAAAUE/5zJa-WB7yPc/s1600/zberg.jpg

bloc
January 13th 2012


55050 Comments


Clicking because hot

Review pretty good

Digging: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2012


16734 Comments


she sorta looks like natalie portman in that pic no homo

astrel
January 13th 2012


2615 Comments


That picture is saucy.

bloc
January 13th 2012


55050 Comments


Album cover makes them look so Korean

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2012


31513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

that'd be pretty hawt

bloc
January 13th 2012


55050 Comments


Still hot regardless

Aids
January 14th 2012


24456 Comments


insta-pos for acad review

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2012


31513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

many thanks aidrian but you shud definitely give this album a shot

olivianigma
March 3rd 2013


159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review

Moople
June 22nd 2013


228 Comments


rip dethtrasher



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