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Neon Nights Electric Lives
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Maco | 06/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is like heaven. The songs are slow and mellow for when you're just not in the mood for a scream-fest. I find it very reminiscent of Depeche Mode. The songs are love songs, but they're a little dark. Not too dark, but not fairy tale. From the first time I heard the songs Vertigo, Amphibian, Ghosts, and Armory on their website, I knew they were awesome and that I had to pre-order it.
I highly recommend it for anyone that likes The Cure, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, or Modern English."
Lovesick dirges with great arrangements.
Luke Rounda | Lawrence, KS | 08/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How can a record so gothic have an album cover so white and pink? The music inside is liquid depression. Seven lovesick dirges anchored with a dripping, chorused bass guitar, synth string sections and a singer that at least doesn't sound like he's trying to channel Morrissey or Dead or Alive with his whisper-sung drawl.
"Vertigo" and "Ghosts" stand out on the merit of their individuality, and the undeniable atmosphere they create. The pull of "Vertigo" is apparent almost from its first notes, with that tear-stained bass heartbeat sitting pretty across from a guitar line that's so simple it seems to go everywhere-- the perfect backdrop for singer Andrew Paley's whisperings. On "Ghosts," Paley sings of porcelain dolls and screaming pixels over a ghostly synth and a pumping drumline. Throughout it all, the bass meditates in the undertow. Elsewhere, "Saltsick" sports an interesting arrangement making use of some outlandish percussion in what sounds like digital steel drums.
If there's one gripe about "Neon Nights, Electric Lives," it's a lack of flow. This is evidenced in the jarring transition between the opener and the somewhat lackluster "Amphibian," which while not a bad song on its own, simply doesn't fit the mood with which "Vertigo" set the table. Yes, it's definitely the same band, no doubt about it, but something "Vertigo" has is missing from many of the other songs here. In the face of a track that soars all over the musical spectrum for over six minutes, culminating in a howling guitar solo, songs like "Canopy" have a tendency to sound pedestrian in comparison.
Gripes aside, though, the Static Age have released a solid, if not brief, debut record in "Neon Nights, Electric Lives," and they pull off the '80s throwback act much more aptly and/or originally than bands like, say, She Wants Revenge. More to the point, Static Age's cultural plagiarism utilizes intrumentation and arrangements coupled with actual songwriting, which is always more entertaining than just trying to sing like dead guys (cough, Interpol, cough).
Recommended if you like Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes, The Cure, Doves."
I love this cd.
A. Lacks | 06/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing their labelmates the Explosion twice and overlooking them many times, my best friend finally made me listen to the Static Age. I was blown away.
This album is better than anything that has been recorded in the past 5 years. The Static Age has such a unique sound and Andrew Paley's voice will blow you away.
Buy this album, and disregard anything negative that has been said about it. It is wonderful."