Review: Cats and Cats and Cats “If I’d Had An Atlas”

Posted: July 28, 2010 by Is This Revolutionary? in To Be Sorted
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For those of you who arn’t familiar with the UK’s charm monster that is Cats and Cats and Cats, let me ask you one thing, how do you feel about charmingly off-key singing that oozes with sentiment and carelessness? How do you feel about guitars that sound vaguely reminiscent of icepicks having a lovely afternoon with your ear drums? Yet coming out unique and ultimately a really great display of talent and the same headstrong individuality that makes this band exactly what they are? An awkward force to be reckoned with.

But now onward to the record, shall we? I would like to start off by saying that If I Had An Atlas is Cats and Cats and Cats’ most gutsy and polarizing album to date. Turning their backs to not only their stripped down and minimal twinkly sound, but also to their signature technicality, I can  surely see some veteran fans turning their backs to this album. What the songs lack in odd time signatures and uncountable stops and starts, it makes up for in lush and beautiful string and horn arrangements (that’s fucking right, you heard me), raw dripping emotion, and more sing alongs than your old friends from high school’s favorite shitty hardcore album. Seriously. A fuck-ton.

So if you’re a fan of sweetness or of joy, if you smile at the flaws in those that you love, if you can imagine yourself on a sunny day at a beach you remember from some happy moment in your life watching some children laugh and run and throw sand at eachother in the gentleness that is innocence, you’ve just imagined the beauty in this simple album. Now quit reading my stupid fucking review and go buy it.

S.

Purchase The Album HERE

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