Fujiya & Miyagi
Transparent Things

Deaf Dumb + Blind
2007
B+
Reviewed by: Andrew Gaerig
Reviewed on: 2007-01-31



Posted 01/31/2007 - 07:32:44 AM by meatbreak:
 I can't understand why Hot Chip have ben getting all the attention over this band. F&M; are superior in terms of style, riffs & licks, beats, atmosphere, sound production - the whole thing. This came out in May in the UK, the week before The Warning and got sunk by it, totally inappropriately, then the Americans got it in June. Only reason they've had to wait so loing for Transparent Things is 'cos F&M; are so damn awkward when it comes to labels. Maybe it's their this year.
 
Posted 01/31/2007 - 07:33:12 AM by meatbreak:
 "Their YEAR this year" I should have said. But you got that anyway, right?
 
Posted 01/31/2007 - 11:06:32 AM by mpatton:
 I've had this for a month or so, and I find it so ... boring (lazy criticism indeed). I am holding out hope that it will resonate with me, though. And I guess you're right, I kind of lumped this in with Hot Chip, decided that Hot Chip was better, and relegated this to second citizen status.
 
Posted 01/31/2007 - 11:17:09 AM by meatbreak:
 Nothing happens in that Hot Chip album, nothing at all. Except when they say they're going to break your legs. One moment and that's it. How can you say this album is boring (even if you meant to use a better phrase)? It's a shifting pulse of motorik sex, is what it is. Strap on some leathers and crank it, Patton. Maybe you'll never get it, or maybe it will just click. It's the hypntic repetitous elemt to this that I like, and the grooves, so serpentine and unyielding, they just go for it. I hope this works out for you, because to have Hot Chip overshadow it is a shame indeed.
 
Posted 01/31/2007 - 02:11:24 PM by J_R_K_:
 i'm pretty indifferent to hot chip, but i really like F&M;, just because their approach comes off really well.
 
Posted 08/03/2007 - 07:45:35 PM by cwperry:
 Hot Chip isn't even in the running for me in this competition. I wish I'd known about this album in '06 when it came out . . . I'm just now getting to it. And I don't necessarily think it has to be their professor that's spoken of in "Reeboks in Heaven," btw.