The Relationships – Scene. Label: Trailer Star – TSR0004. The Relationships were formed over a decade ago now comprising ex-members of The Anyways and The Razorcuts. Prior to this release they have put out the Country Catalogue EP in 1998 and the 2000 album Trend. Anyway back to 2005 and Scene which somehow slipped off the radar. The first thing that struck me was the Englishness of it all. From the pictures on the sleeve to the lyrics themselves which bring up images of picnics, Pimms and croquet on the lawn.
The Good: For all the uncertainty that pervades this album, the band have never sounded as accomplished in their approach, capturing the inherent chaos of our times with a deft hand. Whether it’s the frenzied ess of I Love America and America Loves Me, which sounds like 22, A Million combined with trap beats, or the heartbreaking acoustic guitar on ballad Be My Mistake, where Healy chronicles infidelity and isolation, the band’s willingness to go all-in on whatever style they try works wonders.
But on their third and best album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 have created what so many post-Radiohead bands couldn’t: a coherent pop statement with enough hope, radical honesty and genre-spanning breadth to make sense across divided generations. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. 35/40 Hopelessness (2016), Anonhi. A lot of the music scene is just a wanking, self-congratulatory boys club, said this angel-voiced, transgender artist in 2012. Four years later, the seismic drums and radical ecofeminist agenda of Hopelessness shook that club’s crumbling foundations to dust.
The Music Scene is the fourth solo studio album by American hip hop producer Blockhead. It was released on Ninja Tune in 2009.
The British band’s outrageous and eclectic third album attests to the worth of putting in an honest effort in the face of near-constant gloom. And did they preface their new LP, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, with a 24-page manifesto that includes manic scribbles ( THIS IDEA HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE ), a picture of Healy petting a dog whilst on the toilet, and a technophobic survey of our contemporary clusterfuck of an existence that concludes: THE LEFT AND RIGHT GROW MORE APART BUT YOU.
The album has more to offer than a series of clever pastiches. The band’s inventive songwriting never stints on radio friendliness – the melody of e is effervescent, while I Couldn’t Be More in Love is the kind of epic song that TV talent-show contestants feel impelled to take on. But they also push themselves.
CreditsThe Relationships - Primary Artist
|1||Flying Saucer Girl||The Relationships||2:59|
|2||Mediaeval Day||The Relationships||4:07|
|3||Hide and Seek||The Relationships||4:05|
|4||English Blues||The Relationships||3:25|
|5||Tribute Show||The Relationships||3:22|
|6||Look at Those Days||The Relationships||4:05|
|8||Something Strange||The Relationships||3:20|
|9||The Approach||The Relationships||4:27|
|10||The Village in the Dream||The Relationships||4:11|
|11||Wisdom of the Ancients||The Relationships||5:49|