Friday, April 11, 2008

Album Review: Tapes 'n' Tapes

Tapes 'n' Tapes -'Walk It Off' (XL)

Oh, I hate it when this happens. In 2006 the blogosphere was abuzz with the news of Tapes 'n' Tapes debut album The Loon. It was arguably one of the most blog-indebted records since Arcade Fire's Funeral. It was clearly out of the 'indie leftfield' indebted as it was to the Pixies and Pavement and yet had a distinctive flavour of it's own.

So, two years later, the follow-up Walk It Off arrives. And I'm sad to report that, two whole listens and a few tracks I've tried to hone in on to change my mind...this is somehow just a deeply average record. It's by no means a bad record, but somehow, much as I want to, I'm not falling in love with it like I want to. Tracks like 'La Ruse' and 'George Michael' are fine in their own way, but a couple of years ago it seemed like these guys could appear and have a major impact. Much to my disappointment, I cannot see this album winning Tapes 'n' Tapes any more fans. Yeah it's got a few nice quirks, like the Pixies meets Pavement single 'Hang Them All' but this isn't an anthem, just a nice enough single. The standout track 'Dirty Dirty' with it's with refrain of 'Where did all the money go?' is redeems the album a little, but sufficiently for this reviewer.

Maybe after a few more listens my mind will change, but it's not happening now.


Daytrotter had Tapes 'n' Tapes in recently and they recorded four songs. check it out here

For earlier Tapes n' Tapes music go here at their website

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