Axes - Electrelane
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  • Summary: The Brighton, England band re-teams with producer Steve Albini, but downplays the vocals of prior outing 'The Power Out' in favor of a mainly instrumental approach similar to that of their debut.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Electrelane could do with tightening their concentration spans, but everything else is just fine and dandy thank you. [7 May 2005, p.66]
  2. Axes works as an hour-long piece of tension, dread, and release, with little room for interpretation, demanding to be listened to as a whole.
  3. While it feels like they're still finding their way and discovering what they're capable of, it's clear there's potential for greatness and longevity.
  4. Sometimes their creativity leads them astray into territory that should best be kept in the art room, but otherwise Axes is a delicious listen.
  5. 70
    The band sometimes flails ineffectually, but more often it stays streamlined and urgent. [Jun 2005, p.109]
  6. 70
    Axes comes off as a spikier, more experimental Stereolab or a more adept Raincoats. [#68, p.91]
  7. There's little here that lingers. [Jun 2005, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Josie-AnneH
    Dec 13, 2005
    You won't be able to listen to anything else for months!
  2. SethC.
    May 20, 2005
    I dont understand how people are dissapointed by this record. from start to finish, its an impressive and engaging record showing their expansive songwriting ability and trumpeting the fact that her voice is merely an added instrument, that comes in and drops out in all the right places. i would recommend specific songs, but its essential that it be treated as an actual album as a whole, and not just a collection of wont hear another record this year that sounds like this. these girls are awesome. Expand
  3. RayD
    Jun 2, 2005
    After Electrelane's last record, I can see how someone might be initially disappointed in Axes. This is an album of moments rather than songs - a good chunk of the songs are instrumental - and as such it isn't going to appeal to a casual listener. But those that give it time and let it sink in will find that it not only tops most of The Power Out, it could go head to head with the best music released this year. I can't explain the lukewarm critical reception of this record, except that maybe Electrelane is a band that will be remembered by history, if not appreciated in their time. Expand
  4. WayneB
    May 25, 2005
    This UK band continues to evolve their unique blend of musical genres, i.e., Krautrock (Neu!/Can), boogie-woogie rock n' roll ("Blue" Gene Tyranny laced piano), and on perhaps their best song to date, "I Keep Losing Heart", you might even notice the band's fondness of modern minimalist Steve Reich. Electrelene continues to evolve/impress and here's hoping these ladies stay around to bring us more delicious surprises in the 2nd half of this decade. Very highly recommended this release to new listeners! Expand
  5. thomasc
    Jul 29, 2005
    possibly their best album - exceptional post-punk
  6. ThierryC
    May 11, 2005
    Not bad, but disappointing. Ideas that once sounded fresh and exciting are now a bit tired.