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Bring on the Comets

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Astralwerks is excited to announce the release of the new VHS OR BETA album on August 28 Bring On The Comets. It is their most ambitious, confined and hook landed album and represents a huge step forward in their songwriting. Bring On The Comets provides heartfelt anthems with a newfound discovery of musical freedom and an undeniable return to alternative/pop music.

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The cover art will make an entire generation of kids who spent late nights hoping to get a peek at something naughty through a scrambled cable signal get all misty-eyed. But that might be the most nostalgic thing about Bring on the Comets, the third album by the Kentucky-based trio VHS or Beta. The group that once took its primary inspiration from dance-pop heroes, ranging from Duran Duran to Daft Punk, has toughened its sound and shifted focus from slinky beats to sullen melodies on tracks like "Can't Believe a Single Word," "The Stars Where We Came From," and the high-strung "Time Stands Still." While album highlight "Burn It All Down" proves the group can still knock out a dizzying club jam, this release is mostly a testament to its newfound ease around wailing guitars, live drums, and bearded members of My Morning Jacket. We all have to grow up sometime. --Aidin Vaziri
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000TITOMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You just have to love it when you come across an album that you play over and over and over and over again - this is one of them. I am stunned by the quality of the production, which does harken back to the 80's - and in a superb, electrifying fashion. I agree wholeheartedly with a comment made previously saying that if this came out back then, it would have dominated, been huge. To me, it comes off like a combination of Big Country + Real Life (if you remember those bands). Rocking, yet with layers of synths aplenty. I have seen them perform live and they were incredible - you should too, if you're lucky enough to be in town when they are. This album is excellent and one of the best of 2007. Play it in a car with a deluxe system to REALLY experience its power.
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VHS Or Beta are the unabashed mascots of dance rock. I can't think of a better term for what they do musically. Composed as a traditional 4-piece with synthetic enhancements (e.g. electronic drum pads and occasional synths), the band at times can be hard to distinguish from a fully electronic outfit. 'Bring on The Comets' is different from previous releases that focused on a specific dance genre, whether it was French Disco or 80s Brit New Wave, and is their foray into something that truly resembles Rock for dancing or rather "rock for the club". Sometimes the album feels Classic, sometimes Arena, sometimes Country and sometimes Indie Rock.

"Love in My Pocket" has a swaggering rock feel, like it might be an updated Cheap Trick song with its seemingly tongue-in-cheek lyrics about love. "Can't Believe A Single Word" has the quick-tongued intro and falsetto of something The Darkness would scribe. The track is truly anthemic, a blessing for those that pump their fists in the air and shake their [...] at the same time. It's not unexpected that VHS' combo of mainstream rock and glitter-ball club antics might get excessive - it can. Thankfully, the album has a tendency to switch things up from track to track keeping the sound varied. Indie Pop rears itself onto the album on "Fall Down Lightly" with its chorus reminiscent of a wistful Ivy song. The albums final track "The Stars Where We Came From" has lead singer Craig Pfunder bellowing over pedal steel and piano in a heartbroken piece that crescendos in tragic Country Rock style.

VHS Or Beta have forayed into the Rock area of Dance Rock on "Comets", but one thing that has stayed consistent is their penchant for thematic albums. Only the song "Burn It All Down" truly stands out as more club dance than bar rock.
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This is a fantastic CD. Reminds me of that late 70's early 80's dance pop, but with decent lyrics, a very good CD from start to finish, only complaint if any is, some of the songs can run together, but, I like it makes ya want to move, you want to turn it up, and is a throw back to the days of Bands like, The Producers, Mighty Lemon Drops, Flesh for Lulu, and some what like INXS, but if you (like me) grew up in the late 70's early 80's for really discovering music, well, to me, this is what this CD reminds me of. But, best way is for you to listen to the previews,, I think it is great and is what the band intended for it to be, to me, nothing wrong with Music that is intended to make ya want to Dance and Jam, and that is exactly what this CD does.
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Louisville-based VHS or Beta has gone through an interesting musical evolution, from the mostly instrumental 2002 "Le Funk" album, to the excellent dance-oriented (with upfront lead vocals) 2004 "Night On Fire" album, to this, the eagerly awaited third album.

On "Bring On the Comets" (12 tracks, 44 min.), the band, now a trio, expands its musical pallet while staying true to the dance-oriented beat from the earlier albums. Opener "Euglama" is a 1 min. instrumental that would fit in nicely on "Le Funk", it fades in and then out, as if to say, this is what we were but now we're on to bigger and better things, then crashing into "Love In My Pocket", a terrific sing-along, as is "Can't Believe a Single Word" (the first single). It is immediately clear that guitars are more upfront than ever before, and drummer Mark Guldry has resorted back to 'real' drums (instead of the electronical drums used before). The album flows along nicely. "Burns It All Down" is reminicent of the sound on the "Night On Fire" album. The terrific first half of the album concludes with an urgent "Take It Or Leave it". The second half of the album starts off with another short instrumental, then dives into the title track, a exalerating look at the sky, just great. "Fall Down Lightly" brings a funky bass to the fore and reminds me of "You Got Me", the best track on "Night On Fire". Even at track 11, "Time Stands Still", you can feel the urgency of the band and the album. Closer "The Stars Where We Came From" is the longest track of the album, a pensive tune and a nice way to round out things. Incidentally, the band got help on a number of tracks from their Louisville brethren My Morning Jacket, including Jim James providing backing vocals and guitar.
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