Check The Sound

Schallgrenzen-Peter has a new department on his blog called Soundcheck, and I’m playing a part in it. Soundcheck is basically a gathering of bloggers who write down their thoughts on an album, and the first chapter of what hopefully will be an ongoing series has just been released. Since Peter‘s blog is written in German, Soundcheck is also kept in this language. But whenever I’m writing a post for it, I will translate my part here for you. So here’s what I think about Archive‘s latest, Controlling Crowds:

Following the rather boring Lights and an equally narcotic accoustic-tour, I very much tuned down my expectations on a new Archive album. But then: the first single Bullets made me listen up again. And also the rest of Controlling Crowds manages to convince me in large parts… if it just wasn’t for those really crappy Rap-parts! They just stop the flow of the album and inevitably make my fingers move over to the skip-button. Without these three rap-infected songs, the album’s length would be a good hour, and that would be more than enough; Controlling Crowds is just a tad too long. But apart from that, Archive have done the right thing; orientating towards their older works was a good decision, and the mix of Trip-Hop-Elements and spherical soundscapes is well-balanced. And with Collapse/Collide, there’s finally another gem that instantly puts itself in the Archive-Instant-classic-list. A new Again this is not yet, but they’re on the right track. There’s finally a light again at the end of the Archive-tunnel!


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