Release Date: Jan 22, 2007
Label: 1965 Records
Number Of Tracks: 14
Hats Off To The Buskers finds a young working class band telling tall tales of Noughties life in a provincial British city.
Hats Off To The Buskers
McLellan, on january 25, 2007 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: This album is absolutely immense. The sound is youthful, full of spirit and excitement. It has a unproduced feel to it which keeps it very raw and fresh. Some of the more produced bits have just added to the quality of the sound. Kyle (lead singer & rythym guitar) voice is brilliant. He has a thick scottish accent which adds more depth into the lyrics and overall performance. He is able to raise and lower the pitch of his voice to suit the song and still sing brilliantly. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics aren't absolutely astonishing but they have feeling and depth with a story line behind each song. The Don is an absolutely amazing piece of music. The chorus for Wasted Little Dj's is probably the most original chorus in years as Kyle sing the first line of it in double dutch and most people have a hard time working it out. The best lyrics probably belong to the song, Face For The Radio, is an emotional song with extreme feeling and has a resounding uplifting quality to it. The lyrics overall are about the adventures of the boys and their live so far. // 9
Overall Impression: My overall opinion of the album is of sheer delight. It does seem to drone o a bit towards the end but it is perfect other than that. The songs have a nice variation with heaps of talent in the band. This could be the beginning of something great. The View, The View, The View are on fire. // 10
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MEmmett, on january 23, 2007 3 of 11 people found this review helpful
Sound: Ok, it's not that the music is bad or the band is untalented, it's that it's the same thing I've heard a million times. It's not the same as in "Oh Television and Interpol, they sound the same" kind of vague similarity, it's exactly the same as every Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things clone (of which DPT are a clone of themselves as the Libertines) with their oh-so-cool but oh-so-done-a-million-times jingly jangly guitars. I really can't go into much more detail but your better off relabeling Up The Bracket to Hats Off To The Buskers. // 5
Lyrics: Lyrics aren't too bad, but they aren't exactly a redeeming feature. Such gems as "I've had the same jeans on for 4 days now, gonna go to a disco, in the middle of the town" aren't actually that inspired or inspiring. His voice is barely more than a mumble I may add. I'll be generous or you'll think I'm biased (which I am most certainly not). // 6
Overall Impression: This album is OK. It's not bad, it's not good. It's OK. A little more thought put into the sound would have been nice, because it doesn't catch your attention or inspire anything in oneself. Average, the best word to describe. No, I probably wouldn't buy this album let alone buy it again. I wouldn't advise anyone else too either; if you want a true British post-punk album, by the Libs "Up The Bracket" because that is brilliant. // 6
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bluemoon05, on april 03, 2007 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: The View are an indie-rock band from Scotland who went big with their catchy single 'Same Jeans'. Their guitarist has some great solos up his sleeve and this is highlighted on the track 'face for the radio'. Overall they have an upbeat feel about the music which makes it sound great. Though there are certainyl some fillers on the album, there are some top quality tracks too raining from soft acoustic numbers to harder rock songs. The range of sounds works well and gives the album a balanced feel. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics are by no means amazing but there are some good lyrics in the album but some of the songs are slightly unoriginal in this sense. The Don is probably the best song lyrically and the music fits well with the song. The singer has a great accent and uses his lyrics effectively, particularly in Superstar Tradesman. // 8
Overall Impression: It isn't the best album of 2007 by any means but it is not completely out of the picture. The albums falls down on lack of originality but this isn't saying it isn't a great listen, just there are other bands making better music (Arcade Fire to name one). The best song is 'Superstar Tradesman', this is by far my favourite and one of my favourite songs of 2007. However there are some very poor tracks on the album. Like 'Dance Into the Night' and 'Skag Trendy'. These songs bring down the quality of the album somwehat but overall it is a very solid album which is an enjoyable listen. If it were lost or stolen I would probably not buy it again, it is good just not anything groundbreaking. // 8
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UG Team, on may 10, 2007 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Now that Arctic Monkeys have made it to the top, the record labels started taking notes of young myspace bands with a similar straightforward sound. Not that all of them are the followers and are sounding identically... At least not this particular band.
The View is a foursome from Dundee, Scotland, wondering around the music scene since 2005. They've had some success before singing a deal like touring with Babyshambles and Primal Scream. No surprise that with such support their debut album Hats Off To The Buskers out on 1965 Records has been a highly anticipated record. Tracks like Superstar tradesmen, Wasted Little DJ's and Same Jeans that made singles before the album was out only warmed up the anticipation, sounding very promising.
It took them only two weeks to record their first album, which might seems impossible for an inexperienced band. But listening to the CD you'll be amazed by the effortless way the music goes, they probably had more fun than difficulties creating it. Hats Off To The Buskers was produced by Owen Morris, famous for his collaborations with Oasis and The Verve and it's evident through the crispy brip-pop sound of the record.
The music is spontaneous, changing tempo often a few times within the song. There's a lot of energy, that hooks you on right from the first track. The singles from the album may be the catchiest songs and the most potential ones for the charts, but there's plenty of other delights.
Face For The Radio is a sensitive acoustic ballad that makes you feel you're overlooking The View's vulnerable side. Too easy to believe, but don't forget, it's only showbiz. That's the only seemingly sincere moment on the whole album though, when the other ballad Claudia is sarcastic. The View are playing with different styles, easily blending them to create something of their own. There's a bit of ska in Chumbawamba-like Same Jeans, jazzy crooning guitar in Claudia, some western in Don't Tell Me. The tracks long enough to afford a break after the second chorus carry simple nice guitar solos.
You would find yourself foot-tapping to the songs and even trying to dance, though it's hardly imaginable to dance to any of them. To tease you even more, they added claps to Superstar Tradesman.
The last track is a wonderful one to close the album -- it's short and childish, leaving a smile on your face. They didn't make any mistakes yet, they don't have anything to regret about, it's just the right time for a careless mood and that's the best thing about the record! // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics are as straight-forward as the music is and are almost ridiculous. They are silly and fresh, always sarcastic, but not always up-to-date. Like He watches Trainspotting, fifteen times a week/ Thinking it's making him oh so unique from Face For The Radio -- I wonder if there were no other different movies since Trainspotting was out in ***...
Kyle Falconer is a frontman any band needs -- you would remember him long after you saw or heard the guy. One of the weird features he's full of is good ol' rolling the tongue. It fits the band's image and style perfectly and definitely creates a seal. He doesn't feel shy to make all kinds of weird sounds when singing, I'm not even talking about endless Ta-da-taps and Doo-doo-woos. These might be not the best vocals on the scene today, but the energy he puts in is incredible. // 9
Overall Impression: The guys made a very enthusiastic approach to the record -- they sparkle with energetic only young bands have. They are very unaffected with sounds like coughing on the background only adding to the cheeky attitude. There's a blast of emotions that Falconer is expressing in all possible ways -- whistling, yelling, swearing. Even though the band has their own style, some of the songs do sound like something from Whatever People Say I am What I'm Not. This may be the merit not of the band, but their producers, trying to sell the record.
Fourteen tracks may seem a bit too long for one record, but not in this case. Each peace is individual, full of it's own sounds and vivid feelings. // 9
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Mr Pagan, on november 21, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The views are an energetic and very talented indie band which just shows really with this album. All the songs have its independence not all on the same subject. They are a brilliant band live I must say so the studio album might not be up to standard but no it's brilliant all with its own touch if you like. Songs that stand out for me are wasted little DJ's an energetic, catchy song and also skag trendy a very catchy bass line with very different but also outstanding vocals. // 9
Lyrics: The lyrics are pretty much as simple as the actual songs sarcastic and quite witty such as the song 'You Have A Face For The Radio'. They are quite silly and quite outstanding to get away with that kind of approach but they are very good at it. Kyle falconer is a brilliant front man because of his live performance and vocals at the same time. You couldn't get anyone else like him he is unique, one of a kind. The heavy Scottish accent brings a certain vibe to all the songs which is such a brilliant thing. // 9
Overall Impression: Overall the album is brilliant with each person bringing in their own special talent to the band. They are so energetic live and always really fun to see. I love all the different kind of songs in the album and the sarcastic and silly touch to it. Buy it because it is definitely worth the money. // 9
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mistertomo123, on april 26, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This band, although not having an entirely new sound that seems to be a mixture of Oasis, the kooks and Led Zepplin, they have a fresh and lively sound about them. They are ultimately british and define the meaning of being scotish really. No really pumping solos, but they've got some pretty neat guitar work up their sleeves. // 7
Lyrics: The lyrics aren't exactly startling with quite a lot of repetition, but there is an earnestness that is easy to relate to within them. No masterpieces on this front, although the lyrics aren't bad. their lead singer actually has a great voice once you get used to it that seems to suit the lyrics perfectly. At a few points they seem as if they're trying to be a bit Punky, and this tends to let them down as they don't suit that style of music at all, but still ok overall. // 6
Overall Impression: Overall, this is a decent album. There's a few songs that let it down, but this is made up by the popular chart hit Same Jeans, Street lights, and the awe inspiring Superstar tradesman (which in my opinion is the best song of 2007 so far). Not many good albums have been released in the last few months, but this one is a welcome bit of sunshine in the skies of new bands. // 7