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Rakes - Ten New Messages (2007) Retail CD
Jerky, irreverent and quasi-intellectual - thanks to right place/right time positioning, a frontman with all the behavioural anti-style of a skinny David Brent and everyday themes that were all too easy to relate to, The Rakes quickly received plaudits by the bundle and a lot of shouting ensued about them being an indie The Streets, or similar. Of course they weren't as clever as that, nor were they as brash as Franz Ferdinand, as intense as Bloc Party, as literate as Maximo Park, as chaotic as The Libertines or as slick as Razorlight, meaning that when the hype settled they were little more thanmore… that stale taste in the back of your throat from last night. The general turnaround on Ten New Messages is as unexpected then as it is gratifying, with the stunted punk instancy of old traded in for a complex mesh of tight rhythms, creeping criss-cross melodic patch-working and a more mature palette of influences all round. The band are on leaner form, no doubt, but it's the front of house work by Alan Donahue that's likely to pull in the silverware. His vocals themselves are more assured but it's the focussed narratives - tracking someone down in the immediate aftermath of the 7/7 bombings (the anxious, touching "When Tom Cruise Cries") and the racism that inevitably followed that day (the inspired, multi-protagonist "Suspicious Eyes") for instance - where he simmers tensions and tone with a skill that the frivolity of their debut just couldn't manage. Discard all old messages. Save new. --James Berry
|1||World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect|
|3||We Danced Together|
|6||On A Mission|
|7||Down With Moonlight|
|8||When Tom Cruise Cries|
|9||Time To Stop Talking|
|10||Leave The City And Come Home|
- Rakes - Ten New Messages (2007) Retail CD
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- 26/03/07 by discgirl
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