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'Don't Dance Rattlesnake' is the début album from American indie pop band The Films. The music is not hugely exciting, and this is in fact probably one of the most annoying albums to have emerged in 2007. The vocal approach is whiny, instrumentally the music is often just unenthralling noise, and on this album The Films show very little talent whatsoever. It all begins with the stomping of feet, the clapping of hands, and instantly you know that this album really isn't going to be up to very much at all.
What is present on this album is twelve fairly terrible tracks of indie annoyance. The lyrics often take on the issue of lost love and this album is just too predictable and uninspiring for my liking. With a début it's always best if you do things a bit different, nothing new is here offered by The Films and as the band progresses through this album constantly you are waiting for the music to explode into action but never does it actually do so.
The music moves along at a snails pace, instrumentally this band does very little to impress and vocally The Films do everything to disappoint. I can't stand whined out vocals of this sort, there are so many indie bands out there that have this exact same vocal approach as this and never does it actually work. Not once would I say that this album offers up anything that is remotely enjoyable, as the album progresses you find yourself reaching for the 'stop' button increasingly more often as the vocals build and build in annoyance. So many hand claps riddle this album, and there's only so much you can take of this before it all becomes a little too much. In the interest of giving The Films are fair hearing I made sure I listened to this 'Don't Dance Rattlesnake' album from start to finish, all I can say of this matter however was that this was an absolute waste of my time.
One of the tracks on this album is fittingly titled 'Being Bored', I can definitely relate to this situation having listened to this album. Bored is probably an understatement for what I felt when listening to The Films though, I'd suggest irritated is far more appropriate a term. I'm sure there will be some that this music appeals to, who exactly would listen to this out of choice however I'm not too sure. Indie is not a genre of music that I loathe, I can't stand the music of The Films however and for me 'Don't Dance Rattlesnake' was certainly not an enjoyable listening experience.
Release Date: 18th June 2007
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Good Day
2 Belt Loops
4 Call It Off
5 Being Bored
6 Talk Talk
8 Black Shoes
9 Strange Hands
10 Holliewould Getaway
11 Come On