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THE BIG PINK
November 13, 2009, 1:32 am
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THE BIG PINK
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO LOVE
4AD

A feat of Fear-Pop genius ‘Velvet’, The Big Pink’s introductory single, suggested a preamble to a future-shock debut poised to take us a couple of steps into the unknown. Carried on panoptic sustain, it’s a halogen-lit climb to Elysium sharpened by industrial bass pressure and digi-punk tropes, culminating in an art-din fizz that advances like sheets of acid rain; Depeche Mode, meets Cocteau Twins meets NiN. Not only that but ‘Velvet’ and second single ‘Stop The World’ (not featured here!) was accompanied by a host of bad-vibe B-Sides for the despairing to get all unnecessary over. Alas though the L.P, whilst occasionally exhilarating and at times boasting some incredibly infectious art-pop, is not as was touted, one of the year’s important musical statements.

Chiefly because A Brief History Of Love haemorrhages intrigue every time the cosmic feedback meets with beige, space-rock nostalgia; retro by comparison to the singles, nullifying the air of chromed modernity. While each have their own middling charms ‘Too Young to Love‘, ‘Crystal Visions’, ‘Love In Vein’ and several others, suck the noir-ish atmosphere from the dystopian highlights, too often recalling (brace yourself) Kasabian, only a little more dead-eyed. Notorious Shoegaze acolyte David Sitek was considered for producer, but declined. Probably cause he could spot a dead horse in for a flogging.

In their defence, the title track is a quite special, ‘Golden Pendulum’ can lay claim to the most disquieting sound in recent memory; a pained bellow from a dying Hydra, and ‘Dominos’ would be an anthem if it didn’t idle in between its ear-worm of a chorus.

Ultimately, though, these Londoners lack that extra dimension that no amount of reverse-reverb can breach. John Calvert

6/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘VELVET’ ‘A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOVE’, ‘GOLDEN PENDULUM’
FOR FANS OF: MY BLOODY VALENTINE, SPACEMAN 3, COCTEAU TWINS

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