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Releases of the Week, Week 12: Tapes ‘n Tapes and Foals by 20watts
April 18, 2008, 2:39 am
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Tapes ‘n Tapes – Walk It Off

Don’t be so quick to dismiss Tapes ‘n Tapes new album, Walk It Off. Despite less than stellar reviews, Walk It Off is what Tapes ‘n Tapes first earned widespread acclaim for: quick and catchy guitar riffs.

Tapes ‘n Tapes still broadcasts its influences to their audience; “Demon Apple” doesn’t shy away from Pavement’s “Stereo.” The first half of the album is much stronger than the last; quicker and more memorable melodies are jammed at the beginning as the album takes a slower turn with “George Michael” and “Lines.”

Walk It Off is no The Loon, but if you’re in the market for nice, catchy riffs you can just jam out to, Tapes ‘n Tapes will not disappoint. The band took a more experimental, less clean approach to Walk It Off. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just not what people were expecting from them.

Foals – Antidotes

We’ve all heard Foals’ new album, Antidotes, a thousand times before. Foals can best be compared to an overly repetitive Bloc Party, and Antidotes is a weak album with no more than a five-time play-back potential.

The first two songs aren’t overly imaginative and can easily blend into the background of whatever you’re doing. “Cassisus,” the first single from the album, is the stronger of the two. The third track, “Red Sock Pugie,” seems to be the album’s only forgiving song, and will give some appearance of vitality to your ipod. As for the remainder of the album, it’s even more forgettable than the beginning.

Foals came up short on this one. They really haven’t put much music out there, but this album doesn’t motivate me to actively search for anything else they might put out in the future.

– Ryan

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