|Metronomy – The English Riviera|
Much has changed since multi-instrumentalist Joseph Mount released the experimental electronic, mostly instrumental, album Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) in 2006 under the moniker of Metronomy. Since then he’s released the incredibly infectious Nights Out and even added some new members to this former solo act. Metronomy has evolved into one talented Brit fiddling around into a full fledged four piece band. While the style is still essentially electronic it’s also taken a bit of an 80s New Wave sound, just look at that Miami Vice pastel cover.
It’s always refreshing to see actual melodic compositions created with electronic music rather than just some guy dicking around for like ten minutes, that’s why Nights Out worked so well it was dancey and catchy. Though The English Riviera is still ruled by old school synths Metronomy sounds (I hate to say) a little more mainstream. I’m not sure if it’s the addition of more common rock peripherals or the more relaxed compositions, but these songs are definitely lacking some of the punch of previous Metronomy compositions. Though if you were to look at The English Riviera without comparing it to previous Metronomy recordings I think you’d find it’s still very pleasing to the ears.
Sure The English Riviera is a little soft, maybe a little slow for the less patient, but there’s some great, lush sounds being produced by maestro Joseph Mount. At the same it’s a bit conflicting to judge The English Riviera as whole because it just happens to be one of those albums where the first five songs are probably the best and the rest is just fine. So for that it wavers between the common DaMorgue rating of three to three and a half stars. One thing I can definitely say is it grows on you so I’m gonna rate it on the higher end of the spectrum, not bad Metronomy, not bad.
Favorite Tracks: “Everything Goes My Way”, “The Look”, “She Wants”