Klaxons, Myths of the Near Future, 2007
This album is eager to please. Ideal pop-rock blend and safe alternative to recent radio played bands, such as the latest Modest Mouse (sorry, not a fan) and Yellow Card type mumbo jumbo that pushes popular melodies to an extreme—the Klaxons are less exhausting and more original, or maybe just a little eccentric in their musical excursions. About every other track is surprisingly experimental as if they need to shake loose some biological desire to truly “rock” in order to produce those pleasing pop ballads in between. This equals: musical variety, musician freedom, and best of all—album sales.
The tracks are peppy and zingy; and their clean recording is refreshing; however, I can only bop around in my room for so long. This proves that Myths of the Near Future is truly pop-driven, but if their slush of dance, rock, and vocals executing a familiar glam rock sensation is what your life is missing—then Klaxons are a match made in heaven.
Their wacky combo of sound has been described (initially by Angular Records—the label that released Klaxons’ first single “Gravity’s Rainbow”) as “new rave,” and their colorful and playful music is representational of this term. The band, album, and their live shows all receive great reviews—there is nothing wrong with “fun” music, but there is something tiring about “simple” music and that is where Klaxons fall short.
Review: Karoline Anderson