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Review: Simian Mobile Disco, Attack Decay Sustain Release

Simian Mobile Disco are James Shaw and James Ford who were part of the quartet Simian who last released “We Are Your Friends” in 2002.  Simian was an indie rock band with an emphasis simian modiscoon both danceable and interesting tunes with nice electronica embellishments.  Striking out on their own Shaw and Ford appear to have jettisoned the indie rock and much of what was interesting about the songwriting.  “Attack Decay Sustain Release” is pretty much straightforward dance electronica with an atmospheric piece or two thrown in.

The CD starts promisingly with “Sleep Deprivation” that slowly surfaces with a driving 4/4 beat garnished with electronic blips and squiggles.  It’s a propulsive tune and works well as an album starter.  Then comes “It’s the Beat”, a mundane piece of dance electronica that sounds like any one of a hundred other songs and signals what the rest of the album is going to sound like.  The music on ADSR is all well and competently produced but it is so familiar if you’ve listened to any dance-oriented electronica in the past ten years that it’s easy to put it on and instantly forget it’s playing because almost every sound and style on the CD has appeared time and again on songs by other groups.  Given recent alternate choices like the dance compilation “Rock the Disco” , which includes a Simian Mobile Disco tune that does not appear on ADSR, or “Justice’s “Cross”“,  which presents dance oriented electronica with some different sounds and styles, ADSR is just too ordinary to motivate much interest. 

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08/13/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

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