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After Murder Park
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
For three years now, The Auteurs have stood apart from the growing maelstrom of Brit pop. Sure, they're English and Luke Haines writes what could be called pop songs, but they just don't fit the mold. They're the square pe... more »
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For three years now, The Auteurs have stood apart from the growing maelstrom of Brit pop. Sure, they're English and Luke Haines writes what could be called pop songs, but they just don't fit the mold. They're the square pegs who look askance at the round holes of formula. That may be why they chose to have Steve Albini produce this. The Auteurs sound good here--strong, crunchy. Some muscle has replaced the feyness of their previous releases, as if they've been spending time at the musical gym. It helps that Luke's songwriting keeps improving, and he's looking outside himself for subjects. James Banbury's cello and Hammond organ have become fully integrated into the sound and they're not afraid of dragging in strings and horns. But when you get down to it, the song's the thing, and Luke's written some beauts. "Unsolved Child Murder" could almost be the younger, darker cousin of "Eleanor Rigby." "Light Aircraft on Fire" and "The Child Brides" fairly crackle. They'll never be Oasis, or even Pulp, but they don't want to be. The Auteurs have finally established a real identity of their own. The only question is, After Murder Park, then what? --Chris Nickson
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Dark night of the soul for the Evil Godfather of Britpop.
Paul Kendall | 07/01/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was the Auteurs third album, and was cynical even by their standards. Singer Luke Haines was wheelchair bound at the time, and certainly took no prisoners with his sneering verbal assault on anything and everything.In true nihilistic style, grim subjects such as aircraft disasters and child murders are discussed to the background of a more brittle sound than previous albums. However, this does not have the same songwriting quality of the classic first album 'New Wave', and is probably too dark for many. It's a patchy affair, but 'Light Aircraft on Fire', 'Land Lovers' and 'Unsolved Child Murder' (the latter track sounding like the Beatles if they'd been PURE MALEVOLENT EVIL) are absolutely classic tracks. It's worth checking out Luke Haines' new band 'Black Box Recorder' as well if you're into this."
madame | williamsport, pa | 11/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best unknown bands out there. Pick up anything by them, you won't be dissapointed."