Age Of The Understatement Review

artist: The Last Shadow Puppets date: 11/11/2008 category: compact discs
The Last Shadow Puppets: Age Of The Understatement
Released: Apr 15, 2008
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Domino
Number Of Tracks: 12
"The Age of the Understatement" is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane of The Rascals and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.3
Age Of The Understatement Reviewed by: Ironpriest, on november 11, 2008
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Sound: I'm going to begin by saying this is a strange record. It sounds almost vintage, but has some elements that bands such as say, muse would not be afraid to implement. The Last Shadow Puppets are a duo if you will, consisting of Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame and Miles Kane of the Rascals (commonly known as 'that other guy') Long story short the two got along after touring together and so they decided to create an album together, and to put it simple they combine acoustic pop, a few electric leads and an over the top Orchestra to make some simple pop songs with a big feel. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are would you would expect. Most deal with being young in england and girls, and basically every song deals with relationships. Sadly the lyrics are not as memorable as Arctic Monkeys material (I believe they are one of the best modern bands lyric wise.) but they get the job done and you may find a few lines you like and/or relate to. The real treat however, and the main appeal of the album is how well both singer's voices mold together. songs such as 'Seperate and ever deadly', 'Standing next to you' and the title track really show this and it's quite original and good to hear. // 8

Overall Impression: I can't really say what it sounds like. As mentioned before the main appeal is the singing and Orchestra work (which is amazing) and it sounds much different that say Arctic Monkeys. If you combined the Beatles, The Who and Muse you may get something like The Last Shadow Puppets. Overall it's an enjoyable listen but won't be something you race home to listen to every day. The Songs are far too short and if some more time was put into each song and tracklist we may of ended up with something far more memorable and exciting. Don't let that put you off though, because if it sounds up your alley, by all means check it out! // 8

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