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quick take : the death set : michel poiccard

07 Apr 2011 · No Comments

The Death Set fuse fast, guitar-based pop with electronic and and hip-hop-influenced conventions; they remind me (thanks in part to some sneery vox) of The Beastie Boys (or P.W.E.I.) if they hadn’t switched from punk to hip-hop/electro but had completely integrated the forms. Michel Poiccard may alienate a few fans who preferred the thin, even tinny, sound of Worldwide, but its richer low-end should win plenty of new ones. Much of Michel Poiccard is still sophomoric and jokey, but tracks like “I Miss You Beau Velasco,” a bluntly titled and surprisingly pretty tribute to The Death Set’s deceased founding guitarist/songwriter, hint at the potential for The Death Set to get a little more mature without getting boring. In the meantime, this record is a bit hit/miss but has some terrific moments. My favorite is how the played-over-the-phone skeleton of a riff that opens “I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion,” explodes into its fully realized form.

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