Bring On The Comets Review

artist: VHS or Beta date: 05/13/2008 category: compact discs
VHS or Beta: Bring On The Comets
Release Date: Aug 28, 2007
Label: Astralwerks
Genres: Indie Electronic, Alternative Pop/ Rock, Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
Instead of trying to create a futuristic Daft Punk dance-funk on Bring on the Comets, VHS or Beta borrow from the decadent '80s, taking notes on forming pop songs from their alt predecessors, Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
Bring On The Comets Reviewed by: badpun, on may 13, 2008
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Sound: VHS or Beta itself has gone through many musical changes but not as extreme as on this album. They went from playing arthouse dance music to eighties synth. On this album they progressed into a diffrent state which probably has something to do with the departure of one of the original members Zeke Buck (guitarist).Bring On the Comets is a suprisingly upbeat album full of 80's indie rock/pop songs which probably has something to do with the singer/guitarist Craig Pfunder sounding a lot like Robert Smith on some songs.Yet despite the sound VHS or Beta don't for a second sound like they are ripping off or rehashing other bands material. The songs sound completely original and new laden with hooks and without any riffs or beats that sound out of place. Pfunder's guitar work, Palgy's funky basslines and the fact that drummer Guidry actually used a proper acoustic drumkit on the record.A great sound all round. // 10

Lyrics: Pfunder's lyrics while not up to the standards of great songwriters in music are usually quite decent and on this record they are no exception. He tackles deception and mistrust on the single Can't Believe a Single Word, offers of friendship on Take It or Leave It and anger at society in general on Burn It All Down. Pfunder's singing skills are unusual but suit this album perfectly and as previously mentioned he can on some occasions sound a little like Robert Smith but either the songs were written to suit his voice or he was completely determined to make his voice suit the music because they fit together seamlessly. // 9

Overall Impression: This album while not a giant world changing epic is nonetheless a very good effort from a talented band.The most impressive songs on this record would have to be the hook laden single Can't Believe a Single Word, Take It or Leave it and fantastically mournful title track Bring On the Comets.This album has no real downside as all the songs are perfectly crafted the only flaw that could be considered is the few instumentals that dot the album, while interesting themselves they are best listened to in the context of the whole album rather than single tracks. If it was stolen or lost I would definately buy it again it's a solid album. // 10

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