Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Rakes--Ten New Messages (2007)

Artist-The Rakes
Album-Ten New Messages
Release Date-Mar 20, 2007
Genre/Style-Indie Rock/Punk Revival
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Review-Reviewed by Manchestereveningnews

WITH a great new single, "We Danced Together" livening up the ariwaves, The Rakes confidently return with this equally welcome album.

This band never quite caught on in the way that many thought, as quite simply their tunes were bettered by more brash and arrogant bands.

But, this time around all of those shortcomings are quickly forgotten. The tracks here are tightly woven and well produced. With JimAbiss on board fresh from his success with Kasabian and The Arctic Monkeys, this album is much more assured than its predecessor, "Capture/Release."

As well as the sublime single, "When Tom Cruise Cries" is a gloriously ironic and touching track.

Instead of being about the leaping one on Oprah, it's about a scene from the film "Magnolia" used as a metaphor as someone tries to track a friend following the 7/7 terrorist attacks.

This stand out track is more than matched by its Pulp sounding follw up "Suspicious Eyes." Clever in that it follows the day after, in which racism rears its ugly head on the London underground.

Haunting, funny, ironic and touching. This is a brilliant and timely reminder that Indie music can blur into punk and be relevant, instead of sounding like the next big thing.

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