spending several months listening to Cinerama's debut, Va
Va Voom, I was pretty sure of what to expect upon listening
to Disco Volante, but those expectations were blown
upon hearing the first track "146 Degrees." Disco Volante
is much better than I had expected. Va Va Voom was
a great album and was so constant that I'd assumed Cinerama
had set their sound and they were going to stick to it. It's
obvious within the first minute that this is a different album
with a different sound and a different outlook.
may be a matter of my perception alone, but the contrast between
Va Va Voom and Disco Volante comes down to changing
the philosophy of what Cinerama is. Va Va Voom sounded
like a side project, while Disco sounds like a band
meant to be taken seriously. Rather than being in direct contrast
with frontman David Gedge's other band, The Wedding Present,
Disco' blends the Weddoes sound with what was previously
Cinerama's sound to create a beautiful and more powerful feel.
passion on the opening tack, "146 Degrees," is something that
in hindsight was missed from Va Va Voom. Steve Albini's
ability to perfectly produce an album shows through here,
capturing the emotional dynamic of every song. Songs like
"Your Charms" and "Superman" find their highs and lows with
ease while remaining perfect pop songs.
is a stand out track on Disco. Not only are the lyrics
clever ("Just unzip your inhibitions..."), but the music sounds
like a cross between American indie pop and the Boo Radleys.
This is indicative of the album. Each track has it's own identity,
while managing to remain a part of the whole package.
approached this album with a certain sense of cynicism, but
Cinerama has made it very hard to remain cynical. They've
also made it hard to take this album out of your CD player,
as you want to listen to it again and again. Disco Volante
will easily make my top 10 of 2000 list.
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