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This City! by The Bilderberg Group

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Reviewed on 19th January 2005.


This City!

By The Bilderberg Group

A burst of harmonised vocals introduces this latest single from The Bilderberg Group, "This City". A jaunty, jangly guitar rhythm is the song's foundations whilst a swirl of organ sweeps below those rich vocals. There are some nice breaks in the song as the tempo drops before everything picks up and carries you away again. It's not really my cup of tea but still pleasant enough, it's almost like an NME-ised Barenaked Ladies in that it's catchy but sometimes sacrifices that for the sake of quirkiness. That makes sense to me. If it doesn't to you then you'll most likely enjoy this.

"Live Music" sounds like Franz Ferdinand to me. That's not a good thing. It's well played, well put together and actually more listenable than anything the latest flavour of the week have delivered. However, it has the same fast slow structure as the first track, the sound of a good idea being overused. That's a theme that repeats itself on the third track. The lyrics are great and catch the ear immediately "Feel so weak cos I work all week and a working week doesn't work for me, cos I work at weekends week on week and I can't work out when the week ends". That's fantastic!! I love it. But alas, the entire remainder of the song is based around the same organ riff and those same lyrics repeated, over and over and over and over again. What a waste, what a waste.



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On 20th January 2005 at 16:15 Anonymous 3723 wrote...

I really like Franz Ferdinand so that's quite a compliment! I've always been fairly optimistic that there are people in Leeds who are into the same kind of music as us, and so therefore might be more into this than Holden.

Current guitar music which I am enjoying is the likes of The Futureheads, Zutons, Coral, Beta Band, Shins, Belle & Sebastian, Willy Mason, Keys, Clinic, Brendan Benson and even a spot of Kaiser Chiefs who I reckon have the potential to be even better than Franz. Those who like the above will at least be on the same wavelength as us.

There is indeed a repetition thing going on in the last tune. Repeating yourself is a good thing. Matt wrote it about getting up day after day to go to work, doing the same thing over and over like a machine and watching your life ticking away week after week with nothing much to show for it. And anyway repeating yourself is a good thing.

The only point I would disagree with is the idea that there is a similarity between the three tunes; in fact I think they're widely different from one another stylistically. The only theme repeated throughout the songs, other than they're played by the same five people in the same room, is that they take a pop at something (city life, people in the music business, monotony in jobs). They're all fairly cynical lyrically.

That's just my perspective, but check the songs out for yourselves, you can listen to/buy them on the website.


On 20th January 2005 at 16:38 Anonymous 3358 wrote...

Hurrah. The most sensible response on here to a review ever, I applaud you.



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