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Editors are great! I saw them live at Rock Werchter, what an amazing show! The audience is amazing and the band is in great shape!

Got into them a while before their last album was released. Great band, deserve a lot more recognition over here than what they actually get.

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hmmm lots of food for thought here.  Thought I hadn't heard much new from the Kaisers lately, quite liked their quirky albums, so checked them out on Amazon, their album The Future is Medieval is kinda interesting. Here's a BBC review I copied from the site (sorry it's a bit long!)

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Leeds’ Kaiser Chiefs aren’t a band immediately associated with innovation – their perky indie-pop has livened up many a festival with a series of "nah-nah-nah-nah-nah"-style nonsense, but their popularity has never been founded upon originality. But the five-piece have looked to a potential future for music distribution for their fourth album, allowing fans to compile their own version of The Future Is Medieval from their official website. What this means is that one buyer will receive a very different set to the next (you can even choose your own cover); and what it means for the reviewer is that their critical take might not relate at all to the reader’s experience.

Putting fans in control is very nice, of course (and the website interface is a lot of fun). But what does it mean for the band? Could they not decide between these 20 songs? The Future Is Medieval can’t be seen as any true statement, artistically, because the product is so flexible. This is not Kaiser Chiefs "doing a Radiohead" – Radiohead presented a very definite release (with both In Rainbows and The King of Limbs), suitably sequenced by the makers themselves. Do the Kaisers care not for the album format? (Arguably, no – they have always seemed a singles band first.) This is a mix-tape really, not a long-player in the traditional sense. And before listening to any of these tracks, the cynical can see its launch as a way of distracting from the diminishing returns of the band’s music over their three previous collections. Off With Their Heads? More like Get This Off My Stereo, Thanks.

Listen, though, and it does become clear that this is a new Kaisers in more than a servicing sense – they’ve upped their creative ante somewhat, a number of these songs (assuming you pick the ‘right’ ones) coming across as more measured and mature, and a heck of a lot gloomier, than the upbeat bounce-alongs of old. Lead single Little Shocks goes some way to showcasing this murkier atmosphere – where before there was shiny hooks, here the chorus doesn’t leap from the speakers and the whole piece swells with unexpected drama. Can’t Mind My Own Business is indie-pop trapped in a Tron cabinet, while Heard It Break is a sinister sibling of something The Human League might write. Starts With Nothing examines the transitory nature of fortune, of wealth monetary and emotional – it’s rudimentary lyrically, but nevertheless a significant tonal shift for an act predominantly associated with anthems for football terraces. Child of the Jago claims, "This is your nightmare calling" – not quite, but there’s no doubt that the Kaisers have been exploring their darker side, with some exceptional results.

The Future Is Medieval is impossible to review as an album proper, because it’s not. It’s what you make it, literally, and as a result it can be as good, or as bad, as the listener designs it to be. Personally, it seems like a great marketing exercise (or worse, given the rewards to fans for selling their own version, like street-teaming) rather than a memorable music event. Will it change how albums are made? Of course not – artists already know that buyers will choose to download particular songs; all that’s different here is that you have to make that number up to 10 (although some will 'buy twice', downloading all of the songs available). Will it boost the Kaisers’ profile at a time when their stock’s at an all-time low since the breakout days of debut LP Employment? Absolutely, hence all of these words here. Which are worthless, of course, because this is not an album.

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[quote name='peterferris8 wrote:


maarten']Editors are great! I saw them live at Rock Werchter, what an amazing show! The audience is amazing and the band is in great shape!

Got into them a while before their last album was released. Great band, deserve a lot more recognition over here than what they actually get.

Editors are amazing, seen them a few times, do deserve more recognition .....

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Been listening to quite a bit of new music, mainly of the metal variety. I've discovered this band called Halestorm, who are awesome judging by what I've heard so far. Lizzy Hale, the lead singer, is one of the best singers I have ever heard.

 

I've also listened to Soundgarden's new album - NME were streaming ahead of it's release next week. It is definitely picking up from their last record, which they made before they split up in the late 90s (they reformed 3 years ago) and while it's not a masterpiece it's definitely solid. Been Away Too Long, Non-State Actor and Worse Dreams are definitely ones that I'll enjoy listening to again.

 

NME have also streamed Deftones' new album, which is released next week as well. I just finished listening to it and I must say that it is superb. Deftones are in my opinion one of the best and most innovative metal bands of the last 15 years, and this new record is not a let-down at all, in fact I'd go so far as to say it's their best yet. Yes, fellow Deftones fans, I DID just say that it topped White Pony.

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