"Indeed, it would be easy to fob off Holopaw as another American band doing beautiful acoustic things not-quite-as-successfully as some of their fellow countrymen."
"It's like a very straight, very commercial Sigur Ross. Ooh now I know you're all going to turn away in droves, but still, there's no denying this LP's charms."
If you want to make the world a better place for your children, then buy this album. It'll fill you with hope.
Black Heart Procession; coming soon to a Butlins near you."
"Warm, witty and incredibly humane this is the best work that Adem has produced so far."
"There's been a lot written recently about the psychedelic folk music coming out of Finland. Well – relatively, at least. "
"Like the all the best one dimensional pop records this should be overplayed for a month, enjoyed for a while longer and then filed away, ripe for rediscovery a few years down the line."
"Though catchy, I wasn't humming any of these pop songs a few hours later."
" I look forward to an album of theirs when they strip away those thick layers of LA sun and luxury studio mastering and record an album in hotel rooms where it sounds like it was recorded in hotel rooms (apparently it was) or in a darn barn. "
"But, overlook this LP at your peril. It has got that elusive something special tag, that spark of genuine creation that is impossible to manufacture or summon at will."
"So, what to make of it? You've read the song titles, you've read my fumbling attempts to codify the music on this release into something you might identify with but really, you just have to listen. "
"Suffice to say that a large proportion of the artists showcased here only managed the one release, which means that the CD is chockfull of exuberance and, shall we say, a certain immodest vitality? "
A phrase that always reminds me of the scene in Johnny Depp's Ed Wood film where the Bella Lugosi character is seen sat, immobile apart from flamboyant hand movements, in front of a moving backdrop of rampaging buffalo repeating the same phrase for all he's worth."
"If you like your music up tempo and thrashy and throw away then this is our recommendation for the month. "
"Great for a reflection afternoon in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee or pot of tea and a book."
"In some ways they are an incredibly early prototype of a New Soul Boy band such as Dexys, or an Attractions or a Talking Heads or even at times a Crocodiles era Bunnymen."
"“I'm a crazy crane, I lost my true love in the rain” to a tune that could have been robbed from The Mikado. It's not normal, I tell you. And, in other peoples' hands it could well be insufferable. "
Fans of Richard Hell, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division and more recently Bloc Party, Wolf Parade and My Morning Jacket will absolutely love this album."
sharp, witty and intelligent.
"‘Some of these pieces are also rooted in linearly stretching or expanding something rhythmic as a basis for musical elaboration.' Blimey, you might be forgiven for thinking. This might be awful, but it is unlikely to sound like a Roger Taylor solo album."