Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Album Review: Master of My Make-Believe by Santigold

I don't know that anyone is taking influences from the early 80's alternative scene and post punk bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees and doing more with it than Santigold. Honestly if you were a big Siouxsie fan back in the day, then you really should be giving Santigold a listen. The driving beats, the layered sound, and her voice, all the pieces are there and Santigold has done a great job of blending all of those sounds with a modern palette.

But there is one problem I have with this album and it is probably unfair, but the problem is an album called Tinderbox. I'm not kidding when I say that Santigold makes me think of Siouxsie and when I think of Siouxsie I think of their masterpiece Tinderbox. One of the best albums ever made it sets the bar for albums along the Siouxsie line very very high. On this album there are a few moments that good, but of course sustaining that across a full album is almost impossible and so I'm probably more critical of this album than I should be. I want it to be much more than it is, but the truth is it is a good album.

If you don't know Santigold then I would say give them a listen. Much like the latest Beach House album, when you put this on it simply has an energy and a sound that is missing from almost 95% of the rest of the music being produced today.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.

1 comment:

  1. "Disparate Youth" by Santigold is my favorite song that I've heard today.