Monday, December 29, 2014

Album Listening Club - Talking Is Hard

Honestly, I'd never heard of Walk The Moon before putting their name up to vote for the listening club.

A different kind of moon walk. Image Credit: NASA
I was going through the new releases for that week and listened to it…I'm not sure why. But I liked what I heard, so I put it up for vote and it won by the biggest margin in a while, taking 67% of the votes!

The band itself is from Cincinnati, Ohio and has a great sound that seems electronic-heavy at first, but it's just the heavy dance grooves that they lock into. There are jangly guitar riffs, rolling drum crescendos, and Nicholas Petricca's blue-eyed soulful voice that give the songs an overall positive feel. With songs like "Shut Up and Dance," I don't think we're in for too much navel-gazing. But let's see what y'all think. Let's Walk The Moon with this Club!

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  1. I had not heard of this group before listening to this album. I was not impressed on first listen since it all sounded the same to me and to be honest just wanted to write it off as crap. But upon 2nd listen I'm finding there's more here than I thought. There are plenty of other groups that do this style far better such as Friendly Fires, !!! and White Arrows. They definitely have an '80s tinged vibe of early Gary Numan and Devo. Their version is highly forgettable/disposable. The song 'We Are The Kids' seriously is making me nauseous, it's so vanilla and 'radio ready'. The next song is the same and this is why I disliked this the 1st time around. The album falls into this sameness the last half of the album. I just checked to see if there was much more to listen to on this and fortunately it's the last song. Ack. I won't listen to this again.

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    1. Wow, that's really surprising, August! I don't know that I think others do this style better, just different. I think White Arrows are fairly different, and Friendly Fires hasn't released anything in a while. These guys sound closer to Bleachers to my ears. Maybe not my cuppa on every track, but the high energy (especially tracks like "Shut Up And Dance") makes me not really care if it's derivative, I just wanna get up and dance. Kind of like when I first heard Cut Copy - I just wanted to dance! And so I did.

      I guess I'll make up for all of your non-listening. :)

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    2. Well our tastes do differ. You tend to like more mainstream music than I do, but to each their own, of course. That 'Shut Up And Dance' song is catchy as are a few others but they're not catchy enough to get me to listen to this again. Too many other better bands I'd rather spend my time listening to!

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    3. Fair enough, Brother August. :) I don't know how often I'll come back to it, but I don't hate it. :)

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  2. Just the preview of Shut Up and Dance had me hooked. For me, clearly the best of the album. Most of it I listened through happily. There were a couple standouts. Overall, this album is about *energy* to me.

    Shut Up and Dance is great. Listening to the album on my phone with the headphones in, I was half dancing around the house with it. It makes me happy and leaves me wanting to move.

    Avalanche is probably my second favorite song on the album.

    I like Sidekick, the beat & the tune at are good, but something about the phrase "Do you wanna be my sidekick" as an invitation to sex just doesn't sit well.

    Up 2 U -- I liked this song, right up until 1:00. I like it again at 1:20, right until 2:08. The "it's up to you" just throws me; I lose the song. I like the rest of it. I'm half-tempted to edit it out and see if I suddenly like the song more.

    Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the album. It's not going to end up in my most listened albums, but it's light and fun and makes me happy.

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