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Hometown: minneapolis, mn
Tags: rock

Album “The Loon” scored 8.3

What makes a great rock record can be difficult to pin down, but if there’s a formula out there somewhere, Minneapolis-based Tapes ‘n Tapes decoded its secret. Over the past few months, they’ve utterl…

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  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Tapes 'n Tapes

    almost 2 years ago

    Artist: Tapes ‘n Tapes Album: Walk It Off Label: XL Rating: Buy it >>

    Tapes ‘n Tapes debut The Loon was a thrill to listen to. It had a raw-ness that was inviting, and the band reminded us of other bands that we love…sounding like the Pixies on one song and Pavement on the next while keeping it fresh throughout. It seems like the goal with Walk It Off—the bands’ long overdue second album—was to further carve out their identity. While Tapes ‘n Tapes has given us their best songs to date with Walk It Off, the album as a whole seems to lack something that the first one didn’t. Cohesiveness, perhaps?

    “Le Ruse” starts the album and gets nearly “two owls” on its own. The guitar work is inspiring here, and as lead singer Josh Grier sings “I’m on trial, I’m on fire, I’m on trial, I’m on fire” he is forcefully overtaken and drowned out by his own guitar. The guitar SPEAKS! It’s ridiculously visceral and goose bump inducing. “Time of Song” is an excellent follow up, and echoes some of the themes of Radiohead’s “Videotape” with center of the song being “I’ll be on the record when you’re gone.” “Hang Them All” is nearly as energetic as “Le Ruse,” and the shifts make the song surprising. (The video for this song is awesome.)

    Three songs in and I was ready to declare this record a “classic,” but too many average songs follow. While “Say Back Something” is an excellent song, “Headshock,” “Conquest,” “Anvil” and “Lines” hardly do the band any justice. The less said about the terrible “Demon Apple” the better. It’s almost unlistenable. If this had been an EP with four or five songs it would easily be one of my best albums of 2008, but there are too many average to poor tracks that reveal chinks in the armor.

    “Hang Them All”

    - Review submitted by Jeff Bracco.

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  • Pitchfork Best Albums

    Pitchfork Best Albums on Tapes 'n Tapes

    about 2 years ago

    Album "The Loon" scored 8.3

    What makes a great rock record can be difficult to pin down, but if there's a formula out there somewhere, Minneapolis-based Tapes 'n Tapes decoded its secret. Over the past few months, they've utterl...

    more at pitchfork.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Tapes 'n Tapes

    almost 4 years ago

    Ume, the killer female-fronted trio I have recommended to you many times before, finally have some brand new studio tracks for your adoration. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Tapes 'n Tapes

    almost 4 years ago

    On top of all of the local music down here in the live music capital, touring season is definitely starting to get back into full swing. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Tapes 'n Tapes

    almost 4 years ago

    Local up-and-comers The Laughing opened the show for Harlem Shakes and Tapes 'n Tapes last weekend, and as I meandered through the large crowd a few times to grab beers from the bar I overheard people saying "hey, these guys are pretty good." I was in agreeance with those sentiments, as I finally had a chance to hear what people have been talking about. more at blogspot.com

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