Monday, March 22, 2010

Pendulum Does A Kind of Dance Rock

Originally posted on January 5, 2009

Who is Pendulum? I don’t know them, but I did receive their recent CD In Silico (Atlantic). It’s dance rock, which means the beat is prominent yet there is a rock insistence throughout. Synthesizers are very present, skillfully programmed and executed, and many of the vocal tracks have been altered by a vocoder device, giving them that robotic quality.

All that said, this isn’t the sort of disk I would normally spin for my own edification. Yet once I played it a couple of times, I found it definitely of interest. It has some memorable moments and gives you a blast of hooks and riffs that keeps the fires burning in your ears, so to speak.

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