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On the one hand, Strange Weather, Isnâ TMt It? is !!!'s most texturally rich record to date and is filled with deep, galvanizing grooves in the tradition of 2003â TMs "Me and Giuliani Down By the Schoolyard (A True Story)" and their mega anthem "Heart of Hearts." On the other, thereâ TMs a dark undercurrent running through the record that acts as a counterpoint to the glittering surfaces. In other words, although only 25% of the record was recorded in Berlin (the other 75% split between New York and Sacramento, California), Strange Weather, Isnâ TMt It? is the perfect Berlin album.
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Dance music created not by keyboards, but by a rotating cast of world-class percussionists, guitarists and rhythmic geniuses. The vocals and lyrics simply accent the mix: grunts, chants, ramblings and amputated musings are favored over anything remotely croony or emo. There's not a single long distance dedication-worthy lyrical passage in their catalog. Their songs will never be the theme to your prom - but they will keep most every dance floor on the planet moving til the point of sweaty, exhausted collapse. Personally, I can never tell when one song stops and the next starts. Nor do I ever care to find out.
This album moves !!! closer to a pop sound than ever before. Female vocalists accent the mix on several songs. The musings are somewhat coherent. But this is still way to edgy for the masses - don't expect a Justin Bieber cameo anytime soon.
If you're looking for a great companion to the LCD Soundsystem, Ladytron, Ratatat and Trans AM in your iPod, this is the album for you. Start here and then work your way back into their incredible catalog.
Back to basics is the flagship race of this wonderful album.
Recorded in Berlin (PERFECT !!!), Strange Weather Isn't It? represents a transitional period for the band. John Pugh, Justin Vandervolgen and Tyler Pope each exited the band prior to its release, which contributed to the change in the band's dynamic. And that change is reflected in the title as well. Built largely upon the framework that made the band's prior three albums such highly enjoyable disco-punk gems in their own right, Strange Weather strips away some of the rock elements in their sound in favor of a sleeker, more electronics heavy production rife with elements of dub and house. These elements loom large on first single "AM/FM," a disco nightcrawler that layers on echo effects and hypnotic, pulsing electro. At its heart, it's a !!! song, just a little more sinister, which makes it just a little more fun.
Without going into the conventions !!! brings his new work, which invites us to dance at once, full of excellent bass rhythms", hypnotic guitars (as we are accustomed to, but this time much better).
They're still thumping out the same grooves that have been steaming up clubs for the past decade. But at the same time, !!! has embraced new elements and evolved since their early days of bolstering punk rock with disco beats.
Strange Weather, Isn't It? stimulates pleasure zones and sends the pulse racing yet again, but don't be surprised if it's followed by a sudden chill.Read more ›
"Strange Weather, Isn't It" (2010 release; 9 tracks; 41 min.) kicks off with an immediately appealing "AM/FM", followed by "Most Certain Sure", which will get many on the dance floor. "Wannagain Wannagain" is for me the only "off" track on this collection, and I usually just skip it. Then comes the ironically titled "Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass" (with the smile-inducing chorus "Jamie my intentions are bass/I just want to put some flowers/Wanna put them right in your vase", ha!). Starting with track 5, each and every song is a winner, one better than the other. Check out the wild and groove-heavy "Steady As the Sidewalk Cracks", probably my favorite track on the album. Other highlights on the album for me are "Jump Back" and the closer "The Hammer". In all, what a fantastic album!
I've had the good fortune of seeing !!! in concert several times again this year (my first time seeing them live since 2008 when they were touring in support of "Myth Takes"), and for whatever reason the band pretty much ignores this album, usually playing only 1 track from it ("Jamie My Intentions Are Bass"), instead heavily playing from of course this year's "Thr!!!er" album and also a good amount from "Myth Takes". Why that is, I have no idea, as "Strange Weather" is a strong album as well. !!!'s live shows are a dance party from start to finish, with fun all but guaranteed for everyone. If you have a chance to see them live, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Strange Weather, Isn't It", is a very nice album on its own.
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This is an unusal group from Canada and does not get play on the mainstream. They are progressive. Don't really care for all the songs and quickly tired of it. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by dromig
I probably should be doing something better than enjoying this music, since we are the last generation to live before Yeshua returns ([...]).Published on December 8, 2010 by DaMu