Television Personalities
Beautiful Despair


3.5
great

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (123 Reviews)
January 26th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Them remembrances.

I really enjoy this trend of recent years, where enthusiasts go out of their way to find either lost albums of well-known bands, or forgotten outputs by undiscovered artists, and then release their findings. Sure, Beautiful Despair was not dug up by fans, but directly brought up by the masterminds behind the band, Dan Treacy and Jowe Head (also of Swell Maps fame), but the sentiment is the same. And if you are at all familiar with the doings of Television Personalities, you know what to expect. This album is that good old, albeit slightly fuzzier than usual, lo-fi subtle post-punk.

Okay, scratch that. This is not just fuzzier than usual; it also gives off the obvious unfinished aesthetic. When this album was recorded back in the warmth of 1989’s carefree mood, it was decided that these recordings will never see the light of a mastering booth. And it sounds accordingly. The vocals are off more than usual, the production is virtually non-existent and the instrumentation is reduced to its minimal form. However, the melodies are still –for the most part–great and they make you forget about all the imperfections the album carries on every other level.

So it really just comes down to whether or not you are able to bear the unendurable dissonant execution that drowns the beautiful melodies on cuts like “Have a Nice Da”, “Hard Luck Story Number 39”, “How Does It Feel To Be Loved”, “Love Is a Four Letter Word” or “This Heart’s Not Made of Stone”. It is understandable that these songs were made in certain displeasing conditions, but one still wishes them a merry lovely remaster that’d smooth out the often evoked awkwardness (the pretence-sax solo on the closer) or the strange, overbearing discordance in production that buries the lovely tunes.



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Papa Universe
January 26th 2018


22503 Comments


lovely little find

SandwichBubble
January 26th 2018


13774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If this is better than Privilege and Closer to God, I'll be content and angry. Kind of like that Neil Young album that was released last year and was better than a lot of stuff he put out during that period.



Nice short review

Papa Universe
January 26th 2018


22503 Comments


I wouldn't say it's better, but there was no particular reason for this to be neglected, considering the fact that both Privilege and Closer to God got an official release.

SandwichBubble
January 26th 2018


13774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can live with another 3.0, I'll give it a shot today*



*nevermind

Frippertronics
Emeritus
January 26th 2018


19511 Comments


Ohhhhhhhhh lord yes

Aerisavion
January 26th 2018


3145 Comments


Really enjoyed this little read, pos'd.

Also “Have a Nice Da” needs fixing (:

Papa Universe
January 26th 2018


22503 Comments


no, that's what the song is actually called

Aerisavion
January 26th 2018


3145 Comments


Well, then the track listing needs fixing!
'7. Have a Nice Day' (;

That's the only reason I said anything haha

Papa Universe
January 26th 2018


22503 Comments


well, i'm just saying what their bandcamp said. don't kill the messenger..

Aerisavion
January 26th 2018


3145 Comments


I'm not, just figured I'd be courteous and point out what I thought was a typo.

As I said, I enjoyed the review.

butcherboy
January 26th 2018


9464 Comments


Uni, you're on a well-deserved feature roll!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2018


30936 Comments


Uni going strong for that contrib. chair. You got my vote old man. Nice write up.

Papa Universe
January 27th 2018


22503 Comments


Aw, you guys.

Pheromone
January 27th 2018


20844 Comments


Ayy great review, great band pos

Papa Universe
January 27th 2018


22503 Comments


ayy thanks

Papa Universe
February 22nd 2018


22503 Comments


still only one vote?

SandwichBubble
July 31st 2021


13774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It only took me 3 years, but I finally listened to this.

It's okay.



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