The Music: Dirty, Smart, Confusing, and Everything Music Is Supposed To Be
J. Gordon
3/27/2003 3:33:53 PM

There’s a lot going on in The Music’s eponymous release [Capitol Records]. We’re talking tracks upon tracks of gorgeous tuneage fighting against the harmonies that would try to hold it down, all wound loosely together in a busy, dizzying, sticky web.

Forget the comparisons of The Music to Oasis. Lead singer Robert Harvey sounds mildly like Liam Gallagher in moments, but that’s mainly because they’re both British. Fact is, Harvey has a far stronger voice and a range that will blow your socks off. And while The Music is doing a heavily-layered pop thing with heavy Manchester flavor, they’re simultaneously reaching out into electronic space and down to hard-rock roots, blowing all those little catchy Brit-pop ditties back across the Pond.

Forget trying to understand the lyrics, and forget trying to sing along. It ain’t gonna happen, folks. The Music is there to get lost in, to tap feet and knock knees in spasmodic rhythm, to shake your head like your neck’s come loose, and occasionally throw your body into violent convulsions during songs like “Disco” (which thankfully, with Adam Nutter’s guitar work and Stuart Coleman’s thumping bass lend a Rage Against the Machine-style funky grind--is anything but Disco). Songs like the opening track, “The Dance” open with a dark creepy chant that kicks up the speed with Phil Jordan’s primitive percussion. The Music is a band that’s going to be here for awhile. How could they not be, when their stuff feels so dirty, smart, confusing, and really, really, cool.


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