Broken Records – Until The Earth Begins To Part (4AD) 01/06/09

June 7, 2009 by  

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Melancholy is a word thrown around by many bands to describe their influence’s and lyrical tone. Broken Records take this complex emotion as more than just an influence, but more as a reason to exist . The Glaswegian outfit spin tales of disillusionment and melancholy throughout their debut album Until The Earth Begins To Part. As ominous the title sounds, it’s in fact a strangely uplifting album. The Glaswegian tag might suggest Rab C Nesbit style vocals underpinned by distorted guitars that reflect a fragmented and harsh society that they live in, ala Glasvegas, but the music owes more to a Bavarian foot stomping soundtrack more regularly heard at Oktoberfest. Imagine if the Arcade Fire had their Sky T.V cut off and had to watch Hungarian and Film Noir cult films only, the result is Broken Records.

Although their distinct sound does set them apart from the rest of the current doom mongers out there , it also makes the record challenging to listen too and hard to connect with at times. The lyrical tone is pessimistic and angst ridden throughout, to the point where one critic compared lead singer Jamie to Kurt Cobain. However, you can’t help but be moved by the emotive pianos and poignant lyrics of the title track ’ Until The Earth Begins To Part’ . As the album progresses it becomes a very intense listen, something of which has been lacking from a lot of bands for quite some time.

Where Broken Records debut falls down is there complete reliance on a macabre tone, and Jamie’s lyrics are so earnest that at times they can’t help but fall into the trite category. The level of intensity can be off-putting at times, but for the dedicated listener who can afford to give away their entire afternoon to immerse themselves in this complex album, it is incredibly rewarding. But for the rest of us, most songs just wash over you in a melancholic sea of emotive lyrics and violins. Tracks like ’A good Reason’ and ’If The News Makes You Sad, Don’t Watch It’ do pick up affairs, with their upbeat tempo and more direct approach. With Broken Records it’s a case of , like a lot of things in life, the more time you put into them the more you will get out of them.

[rating:3.5]

By Chris Cummins


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