- Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Modular Interscope
- ASIN: B000F1IPJC
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Are You the One
Down Down Down
Girl and the Sea
Kitty in the Middle
Girl You Chew my Mind Up
Bad up your Betterness
and buy the CD if you really want to feel my review first hand.
Current single Down Down Down has regimented bite, squelchy Worms sounds like a Bowie instrumental from the experimental Outside era and the eerie throb of Steamworks wouldn't have sounded out of place on the new Goldfrapp album. Even I Go Hard, I Go Home, amusingly described by Julian Hamilton as "mindless music written for mindless people", is a ravey slice of fun that sits neatly between the Add N To (X)-meets-Backstreet Boys sounds of Girl (You Chew My Mind Up) and the slipping beats and Xanax slur of Bad Up Your Betterness.
With Beams, The Presets enigma is finally solved. Julian and Kim Moyles have created an Australian electrorock experience that rivals last year's debut from Cut Copy, proving that you can never wear too many musical hats - or freaky masks, for that matter.
Based on that track, one would envision an "electronic punk" band.
The CD starts off with a toe-tapping,
"B Movie theme" of a song in Steamworks,rolls into a true-rock sound with
Are You the One, and follows up with the dancy, Down Down Down.
Up next, we take a detour into the classic '80s sound of Girl and the Sea,
and an interlude into two instrumentals:Black Background(at 1:37 seconds long) and Worms .
While moody, I think the songs lack some depth in ambience that should define mood music.
Or maybe that's 'cause I can't wait for Kitty in the Middle of It to start ...
Hill Stuck(at 1:41 seconds in length) does porvide a nice ambience, right before
an off the wall track in Girl(You Chew My Mind Up). I Go Hard, I Go Home shows
a nice, dark techno side of the Presets,spiced up with some interesting vocal bits.
From here, we delve into an almost neo new-wave feel of Bad Up Your Betterness,
and cap the CD off with the surprising title song Beams.
Another instrumental,the track Beams is a cut above the other songs, and completely
out of place on this disk ! It's dreamy; with horns and a great ambience that leaves you
with a feel-good notion that most of the noise on this disk was crafted by someone with
real talent. Not that I liked the song all that much...but that's cool .
In review, The Presets / Beams CD music is different than anything else in my collection ,
it defies any genre because of the diverse music tracks,and is well worth the price of admission..
live it, play it over and over again, get a feel for the Presets !
really gritty and draped like a hustler's hips
and produced in brilliant detail
I am all over this record, one of the best things I've heard in a while
'Are You The One?' and 'Girl in the Sea' are great tracks, to me they're the saving grace of an otherwise forgettable album.
A lot of instrumentals that get a little repetitive, but better than a lot of other stuff out there. They do acheive some creative sequencing from time to time.
Que con todas esas grandes referencias el dueto australiano compuesto por Julian Hamilton - quien se destaca en la producción, los teclados y vocales - y Kimberley Moyes - hace lo mismo que Hamilton pero además le mete a la batería y la programación- creó sonidos originales, nuevos y enérgicos desde 2003 inscritos al género del Rock cuyo estilo se define como NeoElectro. ¿Qué son The Presets? Una invitación a averiguarlo y clasificarlo según los propios referentes históricos musicales. Esa es la magia de The Presets tienen un algo "universal" y atemporal que se encuentra en su elepé Beams y en sus sencillos Blowup, Are you the one? y Down down down.
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I bought the Presets' second album (Apocalypso) a few months back and loved it. Every track got huge playcounts on my iPod and PC; the unique Depeche-Mode-goes-Dance style was... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Captain C. Magic
What a fun funky crazy beat to Whig out to! Love these guys! The CD came in good time and in perfect condition! thanks~Published on January 6, 2009 by Enamoured
The Presets are contemporary, but not cliche. Their style reminds of The Talking Heads and Depeche Mode, but it has its own niche. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by M. Thompson
This is a nice-enough album. There are some short instrumental pieces which are filler but most of the tracks are nice punky, sexy or attitude filled electro-fied danceable... Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by A. Andringa