29 March 2008 at 01:05 posted by Jean-Yves 4 Comments

Spanish webzine MondoSonoro gives Vantage Point 4 stars out of 5. Here's a (machine?) translation of their review, courtesy of ISRC member Elviejito:

Fortunatelly, this time we had only to wait for a couple of years to meet again with the one that adds the fifth work of study of our favorite Belgians. And also it is a luck that their new album not only is at the level of the previous one if not that, for moments, even overcomes it on having obtained a collection of much more cohesive songs about a style in which the instrumental know-how is to the service of achieving the suitable atmosphere.

A tonal density that in occasions there shows himself worrying with this kind of soul darkness and this evident touch arty with whom so good results there have harvested pioneers like the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits or other related bands like The Afghan Whigs, And You Will Know Us By You Trail Of Dead or Gomez. To all the these ones, the cd begins with " When She Comes Down " whose funky and negroid oscillation remember other Colossuses of the nineties, Fun Lovin ' Criminals, but similarities dissapear with the epic touch of the refrain. Following " Oh Your God " had signed it proud Nick Cave and, after this one, a "Eternal Woman" that evokes the rereading that Johnny Cash did of NIN's "Hurt".

Nevertheless, the best thing comes towards the half of the disc with a "Slow" that could be signed by Greg Dulli's song-book and a single, "The Architect", with this touch of modernity post-punk (The Raptures?). To finish a pearl of indie-soul coral called " Popular Culture " with which they endto this catalogue of the nineties rock.


4 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes it is a Machine translation, sorry but my english is not very good.

    Hope it somehow makes sense for you!!!
    Anyway, funny bunch of influences

    Thak you for all your effort Bart.

  2. Jyves says:

    I blogged this one, not Bart. I like the "funky and negroid oscillation" part, too :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    think Tom will love the fun loving criminals comparence ;)


    love the poetic machine translation
    (really)

  4. Anonymous says:

    And it is also number 7 of their chart
    http://www.mondosonoro.com/interior.asp?IdItem=1076