michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — BELL X1

In album review on 04/22/2011 at 9:59 am

BELL X1

Bloodless Coup

(Yep Roc)

 As its title implies, the fifth album by these Irish rockers who used to play with Damien Rice is about stirring things up … but not too much. Mom-rockers with a bit of an adventurous streak, Bell X1 build songs for big media moments: movie trailers, car commercials, and that scene in your favorite TV show where someone dies, moves away, or has their heart broken. The best songs on Bloodless Coup — “Hey Anna Lena,” “Velcro” — play around with burping synths and slow-simmering background noise, giving their Coldplay-style alt-rock a sense of grandeur. It’s big stuff, all right. But it’s also mostly forgettable.

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  1. I disagree. I don’t think, in the case of Bell X1, the music is made for big media. I think the big media searches for this kind of music. Bell X1 has the qualities you wrote of, but they also posses something else, I can’t quite put my finger on. Heart maybe. A unique poetic style. Something that makes them different from all comparable bands, and one of my favorites in their category, whatever that may be. You refer to it as ‘Mom-rock’.

    I understand this is not a band review tho, and simply an album review. And so…even tho Tour de Flock is one of my favorite live albums ever, I can understand how you say the album is ‘forgettable’. I too think it just falls a tad short of Blue Lights on the Runway.

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