Any Other City
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Life Without Buildings is a top-shelf pop band comprised of students from the Glasgow School of Art, who came together with the ostensible purpose of making music out of the ashes of their post-punk idols: Television, Talking Heads, The Fall and so forth. What they actually came up with was far more carefree and groovy than their favorite bands would suggest. Imagine a loose-limbed Gang of Four crossed with The Delgados and any of the girl punk groups that exploded in the late 1970`s (see: Liliput, The Raincoats) and you're about halfway there.
Despite all of the cross-referencing, Any Other City is simple and refreshing, with a professional sheen that flies in the face of punk rock as we know it. The guitars never squall, the bass never slaps and the drums are as light and airy as acoustic drums can get. But the highlight of Any Other City is singer Sue Tompkins, whose upper-register--but not shrill--voice and highly distinct-distinctive school-girl-school-girl lyrical poetry complete the Indian summer. Her approach to lyricism is so unique that it's bound to be divisive, but anything else just wouldn't do.Read more ›
The music moves between more rock-orientated quicker numbers, and slower acoustic singer/songwriter performances. The ease at which Sue Tompkins is able to straddle both changes of pace, is undeniably impressive and singles her out as a voice to watch in the future, with a raw almost unpolished strain that belies her captivating voice. With a unusual vocal combination that with the obscure lyrics, jerky delivery, sung/spoken vocals, Raw twisted theatrically & stark confusion in her voice it truly is a curious hybrid of Björk/PJ Harvey, centred around her own form of anxious and jittery lyrics.
This is almost certainly going to be one of those albums that take several listens to unearth what can be intially a difficult & overpowering listen. (Admittedly the slower numbers are far easier to digest & get a handle of whats going on). The repetitive repeating of words/Phrases may grate, and the jerky singing/Spoken delivery may bewilder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are looking for new musical ideas, try this out. Most of the vocals are scat, with implied melodies by the lead guitar. I hope we hear more from them.Published on April 10, 2003
Imagine if Bjork was asked to join Sleater-Kinney as the new lead vocalist. Oh, and imagine that Bjork contracted Tourette's immediately after joining. Read morePublished on September 30, 2002 by Gregory R. Sollars