Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Whitest Boy Alive--Dreams (2006)

Artist-Whitest Boy Alive
Release Date-2006
Genre/Style-Indie Rock

Official site-http://www.whitestboyalive.com/

Review-Erlend Øye and Marcin Oz are both Berlin-based DJs, although Øye is actually Norwegian born. Øye sounds a little like Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian, but with a stripped down band. In a world where every band has at least two guitars, it’s kind of refreshing that there’s only one guitarist (Øye) in The Whitest Boy Alive—plus an often-featured bassist (Oz). The bass gives Dreams its funk, fleshed out by a driving drumbeat (Sebastian Maschat) and occasional synths (Daniel Nentwig).

Most of the time, Øye doesn’t so much sing as read the lyrics poetically (those lyrics come off as a little passive-aggressive at times). You may not feel inspired to dance so much as just shuffle your feet and bop your head, but Dreams definitely grooves.

The most you hear out of Nentwig is on “Don’t Give Up,” which—like the whole album—is the kind of thing you want playing in the background when you’re sitting down to really think about life. Some vocals on the track sound foreign, but when it reaches its final crescendo—rising higher and higher—Øye tells us “Don’t give up, don’t give up,” and leaves us feeling like we can accomplish the best.

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Valdemar said...

Many thanks for these introductions to new music. There is so much out there it's good to be able to try-before-you-buy and also to hear things one might have known of other wise.

Keep up the good work and thank you (";)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Lee. This is one of my favorite albums of 2006 and I'm glad you uploaded a high-quality version. You reminded me I have to get this asap from amazon! AOI