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My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go - Aereogramme

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Post-rock / Artist: Aereogramme / Audio CD released 2007-02-05 at Chemikal Underground

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      28.10.2007 13:13
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      Aereogramme's third album (2007).

      Scotland’s Aereogramme was yet another bland and derivative act passing itself off as either indie or progressive rock, without really being either. ‘My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go’ is one of the shallowest and most boring albums I’ve come across for a long time, and it’s hard to believe that vocalist Craig B effectively disbanded the group due to problems caused by his vocal performance, which does indeed dominate the proceedings but only in the same hushed and squeaking manner as the minimal instrumentation. The only real function of this sub-‘Disintegration’ release could be as lullaby music, as this seems to be the inspiration, or at least the outcome of most of the pianos and timid guitars.

      Like the Cure’s masterwork, this album incorporates synthesised orchestration and violins in an attempt to reach a grander, more eloquent sound, but the soundscape remains so quiet and inactive that it largely escapes the listener’s attention. The classical instruments come to the fore in ‘Barriers,’ which essentially means a slightly more interesting violin replacing the tedious David Gilmour styled guitar solo of songs like ‘A Life Worth Living,’ and ‘Nightmares’ fails miserably in its brief attempts to replicate Danny Elfman. This band has two guitarists in the form of Craig B and Iain Cook but this doubling up is largely superfluous, only really coming into play when acoustic and electric are played against each other in ‘Living Backwards,’ the only truly progressive or entertaining song on here that acts as a sort of dimly gleaming bit of glass in the arid musical desert.

      I really was surprised at just how little there was to each song, most of which are based on a simple main melody or rhythm played either on hushed guitar or piano backed up by softly tapping drums, as if the whole band is scared of waking someone above the recording studio, or perhaps fearful that louder volume may reveal their lack of ability. The majority of choruses consist of Craig B squeaking the song’s title in endless repetition, and after four minutes we end up nowhere interesting at all, as another song comes on to replace its predecessor by sounding almost exactly the same. I’m not fond of Craig B’s effeminate voice, another Scot imitating an American, but thankfully the band seems to realise this and his most irritating performance yet on ‘The Running Man’ is mercifully followed by two more subdued offerings.

      Aereogramme is (or rather was) yet another tediously tranquil indie band desperate to be picked out as ‘summer music’ by people who enjoy lying on beaches and spacing out to nothingness, even though their relaxation is constantly hampered by the nagging need to check whether the album is still playing, or if that’s just the gentle lull of the waves in the distance. I don’t really understand the need for music like this: not particularly relaxing due to the few louder moments and the prominent vocals, lacking entirely in energy, catchiness or hummability, and boasting repetitive and generic lyrics. Some would argue that less is more, but then what’s the reasoning behind the shoehorned orchestration? My guess is it’s there to cover up the lack of actual music being produced by the timid quartet. In any case, there are roughly infinity better bands out there to suit whatever occasion, season or mood the band’s previous management may have desperately tried to market them towards, so you’d be better off buying something according to random selection.

      1. Conscious Life for Coma Boy
      2. Barriers
      3. Exits
      4. A Life Worth Living
      5. Finding a Light
      6. Living Backwards
      7. Trenches
      8. Nightmares
      9. The Running Man
      10. You’re Always Welcome
      11. Dissolve


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Conscious Life For Coma Boy
      2 Barriers
      3 Exits
      4 Life Worth Living
      5 Finding A Light
      6 Living Backwards
      7 Trenches
      8 Nightmares
      9 Running Man
      10 You're Always Welcome

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