Strange Weather, Isn't It?

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  • Summary: Following the influence of artists such as Iggy Pop and David Bowie, !!! went to Berlin to produce their texturally full-bodied--pop yet still heavily brooding--new album.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
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  1. 82
    The group still moves within the same sphere as LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, but if you're not fed up with indie-electronic-dance-rock just yet, !!! is still among the best in the hybrid genre.
  2. Strange Weather may get some static for not being groundbreaking or risk taking but that's okay. It's just !!! at their best and that's good enough.
  3. Brief though it is, 'Strange Weather, Isn't It?' represents a remarkable sharpening of focus at a time of flux - and possibly crisis - for the band.
  4. While the frequent use of echo and the isolation of each instrument lend the record a spare quality, Strange Weather, Isn't It? is hardly akin to Bowie and Eno's emotionally stark Berlin Trilogy. Instead, the album sounds like a band trying to regain its footing by returning to its fundamentals.
  5. 60
    Berlin's long-running tendency toward grit-glitz, which musicians from Bowie to Peaches have channeled in their work, is the inspiration for this fourth record of functional fun.
  6. Under The Radar
    60
    This time !!! remembered to bring the party, but they forgot the favors that fans have come to expect--grooves that make the body explode into dance spasms. [Summer 2010, p.76]
  7. Strange Weather is like a middling dance mix; its 10 tracks merging into a puddle of differing shades of grey that happens to have a kicking heartbeat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    I must be getting old, but I am finding most of the critics out of touch with what I find great this year. Strange Weather is tyher case inI must be getting old, but I am finding most of the critics out of touch with what I find great this year. Strange Weather is tyher case in point: Is it as fresh as their earlier works? No. Is it a great pop record? Damn straight it is. Great on the stereo and the idevice, it'll make your day a happy one. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Much more assured of what they are, !!! bring us the best pop action in ages. By the corrosive dance rock of "The Hammer" to the lo-fi rap of "Hollow", Strange Weather, Isn´t it? came out on the right place at the right time. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    For a band that seemed to be on the verge of collapse after two untimely deaths and some departing members, !!! are more focused than ever onFor a band that seemed to be on the verge of collapse after two untimely deaths and some departing members, !!! are more focused than ever on Strange Weather, Isn't It? I like the focus on solid grooves that form the basis of every track on the album. The late Jerry Fuchs provides his tight drumming talent on "The Hammer" and "The Most Certain Sure" sounds like something you'd see Dirk Diggler dancing to at Boogie Nights. It goes by rather quickly at about 40 minutes, but there isn't one weak song to be found. Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2010
    2
    A tedious minimal-electro-pop record delivered by this Sacramento Ca. band, that helps as a shopping, or elevator background music. It justA tedious minimal-electro-pop record delivered by this Sacramento Ca. band, that helps as a shopping, or elevator background music. It just causes the boring reaction, because of its way, using almost the same regular tempo while trying to make a tribute to the disco, electro & funk records. Beware of the singer who tries to be "sexy" and stylish, 7 people on his band and no one stoped him? A perfect gift for your friend the clothes store clerk... a burned copy of course. Collapse