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Lost Valentinos
Cities Of Gold

Personally, I am pleased that the early part of this decade's obsession with 'dance rock' seems to have all but died off. While some souvenirs from this period have lasted - Take Me Out, the first half of Silent Alarm and that Rapture song with the excessive cowbell - the majority of the music produced during this often unfitting genre mating experiment is now just a jizz stain in the bargain basement of your local second hand record store.

During a brief (yet embarrassing) period of Sydney music, when you couldn't swing a Candy's Apartment without hitting a skinny jean cunt dancing to a Kings Of Leon disco remix, The Valentinos ruled this town. They perfectly epitomised the genre - fashionable and cutting edge, with a smug mix of self-confident dance swagger and rock explosiveness. They were good at what they did, but their time was as limited as the suburban kids of the era's ecstasy obsession. Sadly, this record, released under their modified (legally approved) moniker is about five years too late and, unfortunately, sounds just that.

On Cities Of Gold the group have notably increased the electronic half of their style. No more so than on the album's lead single The Bismark, which sounds a bit like the worst song those fake bros who pretend to be Daft Punk never bothered to record. While they aren't making you drop cheap backyard speed in order to enjoy their music, they have definitely moved away from the swirling punk style of early singles - Sell Yourself and CCTV, towards a more emotionless brand of electro-rock. The lack of feeling is the defining factor that kills this record, with the often drab vocals taking a backseat to the compositions, which - while at times splutter around the place with an upbeat sense of urgency - aren't engaging enough to command full attention.

The group do occasionally get the balance right though and show why we shouldn't send them off to the big Maximo Park in the sky just yet. The overly dramatic nature of both Dark That Love and the album's standout moment, the instrumental number Between The Squalls, highlight the fact the group are aware of the existence of the engaging qualities of their music. For the most part, however, Cities Of Gold is quite simply a dull record. The unexcited vocals sound far too restrained, contrived and cliched. The music doesn't fair that much better either, with the majority of the songs taking their allocated minutes/seconds pretending to rise up to a purposeful climax, before just faking it, packing up and heading off to a Ksubi sale.

Lost Valentinos show flickers of why not too long ago they were considered a band full of exciting potential. The majority of Cities Of Gold, however, is a messy multitude of conflicting ideas plucked from the 'dance rock' history books and thrown together without a great deal of thought.

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Comments

Remmy

So true, I heard one song on the radio and it had a fools-gold kinda vibe to it. Sadly this was the only half good track off the album. It realy is dull. The vocals are so restrained it makes you fall asleep.

Big shame

1 decade ago

(nobody)

this line said it all for me mate "a messy multitude of conflicting ideas plucked from the dance rock history books"....perfect
i was expecting good things when i first heard this band a in their less electronic era, the influcnces on this record are way to obvious its more like they are imitating the bands they clearly like. klaxons, stone roses etc

1 decade ago

Remmy

I think they had the right Idea... klaxons, stone roses, Happy Mondays... they all rule man!

It was just exicuted very poorly.

Im taking my copy to egg records straight away! Heh heh

1 decade ago

(nobody)

I fell in love with Lost Valentinos since they where The Valentinos and, despit not falling in love with Cities Of Gold that quickly - I usually take some time to assimilate records from bands I know for a long time - I do love it now.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

With their EP's it seemed as though they maybe thought their music/sound wasn't dance enough to part of the zeitgeist, so they then set about trying to get in on the moment, record their LP, and then as Jonny said it came out 5 years too late. And that's the problem with quite a few bands today: wanting to make it big straight away by fitting in with the sound of the moment and thus sacrificing what drew listeners to their music in the first place.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

you are the worst reviewer in the world. writing cunt and shit? fuck you've got no idea you fucking faggot

1 decade ago

bella

what a cunt

1 decade ago

(nobody)

I second Bella.

1 decade ago

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