Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Last Shadow Puppets: The age of understatement

Not all side projects work out! and very few turn out to be more brilliant than the participants' work with their main bands.

The Last Shadow Puppets prove that side projects can be great classics. I am yet to listen to the new Arctic's Album released in late 2009 but would nevertheless consider the Last Shadow Puppets' work as arguably the best work Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (Rascals) have ever done and one of the greatest pop albums of the current decade.

The album also proves the future of pop is still bright whilst brilliantly talented musicians like Alex Turner are interested to experiment. The symphonic pop arrangements with their obvious 60s influence (which they fully credit) and the simple yet clever melodies make this album a "Must Have" in any serious music collection.

"Standing next to me" is probably one of the best classic style pop singles of the modern era (after taking into account the very clear musical influences it is based on). It has now been my No 1 suggestion to my friends since May 2008 when I first heard it. My other favourite songs are the fast paced title song "The age of the understatement" and the slower . "My mistakes were made for you". The albums other songs are all great to listen to & the overall flow of the songs is effortlessly smooth.
My rating: 8.5/10 a supurb effort by 2 of the most talented & exciting musicians of the modern era