Spectrum Culture music review: Dominant Legs – Invitation

Not much to hear here. Girls’ guitarist and some chick team up, release lazy, substanceless music, nobody notices and everyone goes back to their daily lives. Trust me, though, it’s better that way. I enjoy writing bad reviews about as much as I enjoy listening to bad music (and not just because trashing someone else’s hard work makes my heart sad) — it makes me acutely aware of every second ticking slowly down to my eventual demise.

The title Invitation suggests a poor man’s Celebration (MGMT being a hipster-lite Daft Punk), and the impression is basically correct. Echoing tales of a party once told at some other party that the unreliable narrator might never have attended, there isn’t much of real substance. The chorus on the opening track, “Take a Bow,” is set to a synth line so basic in progression it could have been found on a children’s program: “As we go round and round and round/ We go up and down and down/ As well.” (Yes, those are the actual words.) Flaccid melodies plod on predictably, underlined by decent musicianship, and become quick victims of the lyrics in all but a few cases. Even with the help of some inspired moments and the exuberance of its two players, it’s sort of like a washed-out photo, nonspecifically banal.

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About allisunknown

26 year-old student, tutor, and writer. Write for http://www.spectrumculture.com. Also nascent pedestrian advocate. Twitter handles: twitter.com/joeclinkenbeard twitter.com/PedInPDX
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2 Responses to Spectrum Culture music review: Dominant Legs – Invitation

  1. ruth swensen says:

    Hmmm
    Lefse records ? Must be Scandinavian.
    Always enjoy your thoughts, Joe. I especially like to see that you
    do not praise everyone.

    • allisunknown says:

      Thanks Ruth! I admit some of the time I pick stuff to review I have an inkling I’ll like, mainly because I don’t like to diss and there are so many great acts out there that need some shameless boosting. =) But I can’t always avoid the lesser angels of creativity.

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