The Voidz
Tyranny


2.0
poor

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
October 1st, 2014 | 45 replies


Release Date: 09/23/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...wtf?

It's a surprise that anyone who was once a member of The Strokes would form a band as intrepidly inane as The Voidz. Generally known for their stiff and cumbersome attempts at coolness, The Strokes' safety has overtime come to define their underwhelming sound. When the boredom finally culminated in the middling trite to be found on Comedown Machine, clearly a break was needed. Nobody expected then that the shaggy maned Julian Casablancas would form a solo band so frightfully left-field and devoid of concentration it would undo what he had strived to achieve throughout The Strokes. Lost between excess and actually writing a discernible tune, Casablancas' seems proud enough to simply make Caligula swoon. Suffice to say, that's not enough.

It's a shame that Casablancas has expressed such high hopes for Tyranny, because not even a full listen will reveal how flawed and uncommercial a product it is. If you've experienced either lead single "Human Sadness" or the shocking Tonight Show performance of "Where No Eagles Fly", you have got the best sense of where Casablancas chooses to take his solo vehicle; that is to say, absolutely nowhere. Caught up in a quagmire of genres hobbled together at the expense of any discernible tune, Tyranny escapes definition and is all the worse for it. It tries to rectify the matter by including sharp punk rockers such as "M.utually A.ssured D.estruction" and "Nintendo Blood". However, the overwrought epics dominate more apparently. Experimentations would be the kind word; mindless excess would be more suitable. Somewhere between glitch, synthpop, heavy metal, noise, and jazz sections, songs may occasionally settle upon a hook, but they're immediately destroyed the second they become apparent to the listener. It may unintentionally be a mockery of analysis in the vein of Mullholland Drive, but it's clear Casablancas lacks the intelligent drive of David Lynch, ending up with a record that sounds more than anything just confused.

There's ironic fun to be found here, but that's hardly what any artist wants of output they're so deludedly proud of. Best do yourself a favour and avoid the ensuing confusion of listening to Tyranny.



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ExplosiveOranges
October 1st 2014


4408 Comments


" It tries to rectify the matter and keep interests peeked by including sharp punk rockers such as "M.utually A.ssured D.estruction" and "Nintendo Blood", however the 11-minute overwrought epics are what dominate most noticeably."

Feels like a run-on sentence. Try breaking it up.

"Generally known for their stiff and cumbersome attempts at cool,"

Cool what?

ExplosiveOranges
October 1st 2014


4408 Comments


How about: "It tries to rectify the matter and keep interests peeked by including sharp punk rockers such as "M.utually A.ssured D.estruction" and "Nintendo Blood". However, the 11-minute overwrought epics are what dominate most noticeably."

omnipanzer
October 1st 2014


21818 Comments


oof, rough review man.
It's tough to get into what you are writing when the subject simply isn't inspiring.

omnipanzer
October 1st 2014


21818 Comments


Going full tilt Marc as your avatar huh?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2014


6667 Comments


Great review

you use the expression 'discernible tune' twice fir some reason.. unless it was intentional
Edit: gotcha

Funeralopolis
October 1st 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I can understand why some people wouldn't like this

RivalSkoomaDealer
October 1st 2014


1603 Comments


Reads a bit like Pitchfork's review/critique.

I think the "excess" that people call this record out for is part of what makes it intriguing. Not that
different=good but I think if you hold this up to the Strokes past 3 records it is much more unique and fun.

Digging: Ghost (SWE) - Prequelle

WhiteNoise
October 1st 2014


3615 Comments


"Reads a bit like Pitchfork's review/critique."

This.

Your vocabulary is to be applauded however when it comes to music reviews, there is such a thing as over doing it.

StickFeit
October 1st 2014


892 Comments


Human Sadness is a fine one

trackbytrackreviews
October 1st 2014


3361 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh come on really Arcade a 2

thekilleruser
October 1st 2014


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"...but I'd say the last few Strokes albums are 1's..."



Ouch. None of the most recent three are that spectacular, but they all had some strong tracks on them.

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2014


11946 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

kind of harsh on the strokes here lol

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NorthernSkylark
October 1st 2014


8840 Comments


yeah, angles was great!

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newjunk2
October 3rd 2014


232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I honestly really like what he was going for here, I just think he kind of fumbled the execution/production. While I think the messy/chaotic production works great on the epic "Human Sadness", I also think it hinders a lot of these songs and prevents them from really being fully realized. I think "Human Sadness","Nintendo Blood" and "Xerox" are all great, but songs like "Father Electricity" and "Dare I Care" have great songs hidden inside them that get lost and muddled by being a little too busy and everything just kind of blending together. Nevertheless it's a pretty entertaining listen and I actually hope Julian makes a second album with The Voidz and attempts to fix some of the issues that hold this one back from being great.

Funeralopolis
October 3rd 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules so much

jsaf7
October 4th 2014


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Because of the polarizing reviews this album is getting on Sputnik, i might actually listen to this to see what all the hoopla is about...

apokolypz
October 13th 2014


491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nah they're craayzy, this is rad.

Funeralopolis
October 20th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules yea

Soaringmuse
October 20th 2014


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the fuck is this? the album is actually pretty next level.

xxjcon7xx
October 25th 2014


46 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So impressed by this album



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