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It's fair to say that Klaxons have an amazing weight of expectation upon them. Just over a year into their existence and already the kids love them, the press love them and everyone is pretty much sporting a glow stick at their shows and a dash of day glow in their day time attire. The media can smell something molten hot going on, a Brit pop revival is in the air yet most ... Read more in Amazon's Klaxons Store

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000MMLOJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Flagbearers for the "nu rave" movement they helped found, London's Klaxons make their full-length debut with Myths of the Near Future. Fans of the old rave, initially, will be forgiven for not knowing what all the fuss is about--beyond a dramatically punked-up cover of "Not Over Yet" by '90s chart star Grace, the Klaxons owe precious little to the synthetic rush of UK clubland past or present. Persist, though, because once beyond this realisation, it's possible to appreciate this band on their own merits. "Isle of Her" and "From Atlantis to Interzone" come on like brooding US punks Liars, all thrumming, distorted bassline and a vocal delivery that veers between desolate and manic (although the latter's whirling air-raid siren is very much the Klaxons' own addition), while on the other side of the coin, "Golden Skans" betrays an impressive ability for anthemic, harmony-laden pop. Lyrically, too, it's a confusing and fascinating document, fragments of "peacock's tails" and "madcap Medusa" emerging from the maelstrom. What at first sounds unfocused gradually makes a weird kind of sense; indeed, you suspect the Klaxons planned it that way from the beginning. --Louis Pattison

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Klaxons exploded onto the music scene this year in a dayglo burst of punk riffs, all out hedonism and classic British art school conceptual cheek. Now with their debut album Jamie Reynolds (26), Simon Taylor (24) and James Righton (23) look set to prove that they're more than just a flash in the pan, a London media fad, an excuse to froth about `new rave'. The lads have come good with eleven tracks that rocket by in thirty-five minutes emanating more energy than a nuclear explosion. Along the way, they bite chunks out of multiple unlikely musical influences, spatter their lyrics with a who's who of cult literature, and end up with a music that's catchy, driven and undeniably unique. It's how debut albums should sound, a raw manifesto that will bemuse the oldsters and invigorate the fans, a window into new possibilities, a dynamic party where those who `get it' dance frantically and those who don't go back home.

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This album is one of the best albums in the past few months.
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Don't let them be pigeonholed by a genre of music. "nu/rave" or whatever.
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I can't even describe it, you just need to give this record a listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Bruggenthies on April 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After seeing the music video for "Golden Skans", I just had to investigate this band further, and I am sure glad I did. This is one amazing indie/space rock/psychedelic/pop record. There are some amazing songs on here, with soaring melodies and some awesome instrumental work. I can only hope that Klaxons go up from here. I can't even describe it, you just need to give this record a listen. Even if it doesn't hit you on the first listen, give it a few spins. This is one of the best new bands I have heard in quite a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christian Walker on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
in each song and idea klaxons bring to the table it just seems like i've heard an echo of it somewhere in the independent music scene before. yet i can't pin it down. i love it for it's energy, and i'll continue loving it for its layer upon layer approach to a scene that needs depth in a major way. i don't regret my purchase in the least.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aqua melina on May 2, 2007
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From start to finish, this album is ace. Just got it yesterday and haven't stopped listening. Will definitely be a fave for all time.

"Golden Skans" is my personal favorite.

Don't let them be pigeonholed by a genre of music. "nu/rave" or whatever. They're innovative and catchy, with a dose of 80's influence, yes. However, I grew up in the 80's, and we didn't have anything close to Klaxons.

Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Moore on May 27, 2007
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It seems that hype within the music industry develops earlier and earlier. Consider the case of UK group Klaxons who were featured on the cover of NME a whole three months before their debut album even hit record store shelves. At the time of attaining the coveted cover spot on the UK music bible the group had existed as a band for less than a year, and had released only one EP to go along with the countless remixes of their songs floating around on the Internet.

It would seem that the case of Klaxons can also be cited for revealing the limited number of responses people use to approach highly touted next big things: 1) Unquestionably buy in (dumb idea) 2) Backlash (dumber idea) 3) Buy in initially only to backlash a few months later all the while claiming `you were there' from the start (dumbest idea) 4) Thank Ms. Hype for the kind tip, then go hide in the corner alone with a set of headphones and decide for yourself (good idea, no?). And indeed the Klaxons seem to be experiencing all the potential responses. But the Klaxons are a band to take note of, and Myths of the Near Future is indeed a worthy and memorable endeavor that is likely to be one of 2007's best releases. Despite the bands short existence the growth between their EP Xan Valleys and Myths is quite remarkable. If you've never heard Klaxons picture a more daring version of Bloc Party with not one but three Justin Timberlake's providing the vocals. Intrigued? Take the risk, because the rewards are indeed great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clevelandjunglist on September 13, 2008
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I had a friend who told me a bit about these guys, mainly that they were a good mix of electronic and rock. Being that I am a fan of industrial, d&b, grunge, and yes - getting into some of the new prog like Muse these days; I thought this cd would be worth checking out. I'd of course Youtubed, heard Golden Skans, Its Not Over Yet, and I liked the dissonant and glitchy flavor of it matching the more 70's and 80's punk type flairs that a lot of British bands like to pepper their sound with.

Listening to this cd on the first round, glad I got it but wasn't sure if it was something I'd listen to a lot. By second listen I was pretty certain of one thing at least - they do have an addictive element. Any band that has something coherent about their music emotionally and has something to offer, it may not sink in immediately but as you listen to it off an on and have it grip with your every day life a little; it finds a context of its own. In essence, this is one of those cd's that will grow on you.

My take in the end - they have talent, they have good ideas, you can hear it in the music, but at the same time I think their style will most likely go through a lot more refinement. That and I would imagine that the next cd they drop, whether it happens in 2009, 2010, will probably be much improved and a lot of the fray points on this cd will be shored up. I don't think the critics jumped the gun on touting these guys, the potential is definitely there, I just think that they're in the same spot that Alice In Chains was with Facelift - the best of their potential is still in the offing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 14, 2008
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There has been a plethora of great British bands over the last few years; Kaiser Chiefs, the Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, and Hard-Fi to mention a few. Add to that list Klaxons, winners of the 2007 Mercury music prize (they beat out Amy Winehouse's "Back to black" as well as the Arctic Monkey's "Favourite worst nightmare").

"Myths of the near future" (named after a short story collection by J. G. Ballard) is the debut album from the English trio and it comprises 11 energetic (often raucous) songs running just over 35 minutes in total. Everything on this CD is upbeat, and their sound (a hybrid of rock, dance, and electronic) has been labelled Nu rave. Opening cut "Two receivers" has some insistent piano tinkling, set to a hard hitting beat and a buzzing riff, while a klaxon sound runs through the tempo shifting "Atlantis to interzone".

Next up is my favourite, "Golden skans" (fell in love with this when I saw the video), a shimmery song with a very catchy chorus (love those Ooo ooo ooohs running in the background). Lovely! A #7 hit in the UK, this was the biggest hit of the singles.

"Totem on the timeline" is more urgent with buzzing guitars, the Blur-like "As above, so below" sets distorted guitars to a Motown beat, the fuzzy laid back "Isle of her" wouldn't sound out of place on a Gorillaz album, "Gravity's rainbow" has skittery beats, electronic effects and chanted vocals, "Forgotten works" (with a groovy bassline) is dance rock, "Magick" features drum-machine-demolishing beats alternating with a quieter eerie feel, "It's not over yet" (similar to "Golden skans", this is actually a remake of a dance song by Grace), and closing is the fuzzy upbeat apocalyptic "Four horsemen of 2012" with spoken lyrics.

Catchy, danceable, fun filled music, the album made #2 in the UK. Look out for their collaboration on the Chemical Brother's Grammy winning CD "We are the night" (on the song "All rights reversed").
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