The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
CD, Rs. 350
From the get go, The Age of the Understatement plays like the soundtrack of a cowboy western film, or soundtrack that would find itself in a Quentin Tarantino flick and that in no way is a bad thing.
A meeting of the minds of two of modern day punk rock poster boys, Alex Turner, lead singer and guitarist of Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane, also lead singer and guitarist of Brit punk rock trio, The Rascals, The Age of the Understatement, is highly stylised.
The 12-track CD consists of a unique blend of rock and an element of dramatic, movie-like fanfare orchestrated by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. The Quentin Tarantino comment stands strong as the stylised rock and heavily-layered orchestra creates a movie like atmosphere.
At first listen, it can be a little unsettling as you expect to hear a rock album but are treated to the movie soundtrack like music. The beauty of this CD is that it grows on you. Some of the more notable tracks are “The Chamber”, “Only the Truth”, “Blank Plant”, “The Ominous”, and the title track of the album, “The Age of the Understatement”.
Though not all the songs in the album are all out rock songs, the CD ends on a low note with mellow tracks like “In My Room”, “The Meeting Place” and “Time had Come Again”.
A unique sound, a fun listen, perfect if your looking for the next new thing in rock or are just game to experiment with a new style of music.
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