3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
Upon reading another review, I became concerned about what I'd find in this album. I took a chance and found that I love it. My personal opinion is that "Scary World Theory" is pretty boring, but "Faking the Books" is good, not great. I think "Our Inventions" is great. Choice tracks include "Remember", "Future Tense" and "Move On". While not as energetic and fast paced as "Faking the Books", it is a very solid album with memorable melodies, unique sounds and soothing beats. I'm just surprised that there hasn't been more hype around this album. Highly recommended!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2010
After a 5 year haitus one would think that with Our Inventions Lali Puna would expound upon (and finely hone into a crowning jewel of their oeuvre) the brilliant fusion of lo-fi electronics and hard rock riffs from their last release Faking the Books (one of my favorite beginning-to-end CDs of all time) but no. Our Inventions takes two steps back to Scary World Theory. One would think that's not a bad thing at first but it is.
Take everything that made Scary World Theory an amazing listen: the glitchy clicky electronics, the hauntingly alienating beats, the ghostly piano riffs and then delete them. What you have left is Our Inventions, a even tempo, low key snorefest. Very, very disappointing with "Remember", "Future Tense", and "That Day" the only tracks that are even close to the brillance that once was Lali Puna.
Our Inventions isn't a bad listen but it's a bit bland and boring. Maybe I would have liked it more if "Remember" wasn't the first single I heard giving me goosebumps of what's to come but compared to the rest of their back catalogue it's a huge WTF. Tread lightly if you deign to venture into this new Lali Puna release. It seems a bit lazy, a bit uninspired as if they phoned this one in. Let's hope their next release doesn't take 5 years and isn't as disappointing or better yet, maybe they should have called it quits with Faking the Books.
However, at the moment I'm underwhelmed.