Do To The Beast [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)


The Afghan Whigs

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Amoeba Review

04/14/2014

With a great big beard and a terrific voice that can swoop from a low baritone to high, dulcet tones, Chet Faker aka Nicholas James Murphy makes laptop R&B that stands above the rest on Built on Glass. Like New Zealander Lorde, Aussie Chet Faker breaks a lot of rules to make electronically infused pop that is immediately catchy and likable without sounding too much like anything else. His voice dances with sultry saxes and skips around with some clever digital cutting on the sumptuous “Talk Is Cheap.” The playful “Melt” sees Murphy trade come-ons with Kilo Kish. Handclaps make us sway to Murphy’s sweet voice at the outset of “Gold,” ‘till a hip-hop beat comes in to make the whole thing an awesome, lovelorn jam. “Blush” finds Murphy warping his voice low like James Blake as synths stab in the dark around him and evolves into a Radiohead-inspired synthesizers and polyrhythms in one of his coolest tracks. There are some missteps—“No Advice (Airport Version)” is a stunning choral exercise but ends too quickly, and Kilo Kish steals the show too early in “Melt.” But even these tracks are immensely enjoyable, and scattered throughout the debut are lower-key moments that will make a legion of fans for a new artist like Chet Faker. “To Me” is sweet, built on a simple bassline that steadily builds a chorus of Murphy’s echoed voice and tastefully used horns until the whole thing overwhelms you. And in “1998,” he takes the era of its namesake to introduce trip-hop and House into the mix, crafting one of his most infectious tracks with a loungey, head-bobbing beat. Delicate yet bruising, Chet Faker’s Built on Glass has got to be one of the most auspicious debuts of the year.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Parked Outside
The Afghan Whigs 04:36
2.
Matamoros
The Afghan Whigs 02:43
3.
It Kills
The Afghan Whigs 03:33


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Algiers
The Afghan Whigs 04:03
2.
Lost In The Woods
The Afghan Whigs 04:54


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Lottery
The Afghan Whigs 04:04
2.
Can Rova
The Afghan Whigs 03:44


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Royal Cream
The Afghan Whigs 04:33
2.
I Am Fire
The Afghan Whigs 02:51
3.
These Sticks
The Afghan Whigs 05:45

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