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The Way We Were by XX Teens

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Reviewed on 1st July 2008.

 
 

The Way We Were

By XX Teens

For a band renowned (well, at least by themselves) for their "political" and "eccentric" sound 'The Way We Were' is decidedly humdrum, a song in danger of being added to the already overflowing pile of would be bargain-bin singles from thoroughly unremarkable bands.

Yes the medley of cowbells, and the rumbling guitar that wouldn't sound out of place in a Sega biking game ensure that their experimental ideal is acknowledged by the listener, but it sounds too constrained which in turn succeeds in only limiting the appreciation of their sound. Frustrating as they should (and could) be capable of so much more experimentally were it not that they felt like they had to pigeon hole themselves and conform to certain constraints of the electro punk genre. 'The Way We Were', in this sense, is similar to a serving of exotic Orang-utan in a spam can.

 

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