Theives Like Us

Again and Again

Shelflife

Aug 10, 2010 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


On its debut, Play Music, Thieves Like Us plundered previous greats (New Order, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode) for all its ideas. This larceny was so blatant that one could play of variation of Name That Tune as Name Which Tune Is Being Ripped Off. Considering Thieves' excellent taste in music, as witnessed by what they copy, it would be more interesting to hear ideas inspired by these choices. The follow-up, Again and Again with its sentiments of love (a switch from Play Music's preachy loneliness) continues the lifting of '80s era synth driven electronic sounds. There are flashes of joythe empty kind that so defined '80s popsuch as on "One Night With You," with its unabashed pilfering of New Order's synthlines. But for the most part, there is a dirge-like dragginess to Again and Again, at times downtrodden ("Silence"), at others coy ("Shyness"), that doesn't mesh with the bright instruments used to create it. Thieves are excellent hijackers, but you could just pick up a New Order or Joy Division album for a more authentic experience. (www.thieves-like-us.com)

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