The Young Machines - Her Space Holiday
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  • Summary: Marc Bianchi continues his indie pop/electronica solo project Her Space Holiday with this latest 10-song release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. A soothing swoon. [24 Oct 2003, p.107]
  2. This is Bianchi’s tour de force, emotive but clever enough to avoid seeming self-centered or pathetic, and satisfying in its candid complexity.
  3. Never before has Bianchi put so much focus on the lyrics and been so open, so vulnerable.
  4. Whatever qualms I might have about the sometimes over-the-top sensitivity or curiously defensive masculinity, I can not deny that this album goes down effortlessly.
  5. A quirkier, more electro-indie version of Bright Eyes, maybe; but super emotional and lovelorn, most definitely. [#5, p.101]
  6. The Young Machines will rank among your favorite albums if you're someone's mortifyingly jaded ex, but if you come to it craving electronic vocal-pop keeping pace with anything north of Jimmy Tamborello's shoulders, you'll end up frustrated by the simple and repetitive violin bits that drive the big retro beats.
  7. It must take a fair amount of skill and a peculiar single-mindedness to create something this consistently bland and tiresome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. izzy
    Dec 8, 2006
    10
    this album is my fucking life
  2. MikeB
    Jul 8, 2005
    10
    I first heard this on the fourth of July this year. We were out on my friend's boat watching fireworks, with this playing in the background, and I fell in love immediately. Incredible chilll music, with amazingly well-written lyrics. I don't think that the repetitiveness takes away from it. The songs are easily differentiable, and they can hold their own. I would disregard any negative reviews, especially when they criticize the underlying beats. I've been into electronic music for several years, and it follows everything that any electronic song requires. The fundamentals are all there, but there's something more that you'll just have to hear for yourself. Expand
  3. JordanB
    Jul 1, 2006
    10
    Great unique indie. At its best. "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" is phenomenal... The music is sincere beyond belief... Worth its weight in diamonds. Expand
  4. Nick
    Jan 23, 2004
    9
    This cd has a great concept behind it. The way it is pulled off is just well, interesting. It seems almost like a descent into madness. For fans of the Postal Service and like bands, this should be much more satisfactory than the last album (Manic Expressive). All in all, a perplexing listen that forces you to disregard how emotions are supposed to sound, and let the sadness be happy... OR something. I don't really know anymore, thanks a lot Mark Bianchi. Expand
  5. AaronG
    Aug 6, 2005
    9
    A really good album, with some stunning tracks that I just cant stop playing, or singing.
  6. TimE
    Jan 13, 2005
    9
    The fact that Bright Eyes is being considered to be the new spokesperson for angry youth is an act of injustice. Her Space Holiday is nothing short of breathtaking and is hands down the smartest and most daring songwriter of my generation. Expand
  7. chrise
    Oct 22, 2003
    1
    the most pretentious and gay peice of crap i've ever heard.

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