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Elkland

Elkland: GoldenGolden (2005)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Elkland's debut album, with its 80's-styled love songs, sounds like it could have been the soundtrack to films like "Sixteen Candles" or "The Breakfast Club;" the problem is that it is twenty years too late. Elkland is walking a very fine line between homage and rip-off with their synth pop sound.
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Elkland's debut album, with its 80's-styled love songs, sounds like it could have been the soundtrack to films like "Sixteen Candles" or "The Breakfast Club;" the problem is that it is twenty years too late.

Elkland is walking a very fine line between homage and rip-off with their synth pop sound. It is hard to tell if they are drawing on retro influences or merely stealing a pre-existing sound. They take the electronic dance backings of contemporary bands like the Postal Service, douse them in organs and synth, and then add typical British new wave vocals into the mix. Singer Jon Pierce may be from upstate New York, but it sounds like he is lamenting lost loves while staring out over the Thames.

Golden does have its moments, and I can't say it is the worst attempt at new wave I have ever heard. Pierce's vocal range is often impressive and he does know how to write a pretty good melody, but at other times, the album is anything but palatable. Instead, you will find yourself choking on the extra cheese that oozes out of Pierce's overly sappy delivery and video game-like synth lines. Elkland may be attempting to recapture the morose vocal styling that made bands like the Smiths or Joy Division great, but in the process they are merely cranking out songs that sound eerily like middle school dance staples from 1987.

 


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Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

This Elbum is great! People who really know music appreciate more than one genre. Just because its not punk, doesn't mean it sucks.

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

http://retarddisco.com/video/tr_mike_tysons_punch_out.mov

Anonymous (April 20, 2005)

i actually really like what i've heard of this album.

Inspection12e (April 19, 2005)

I actually watched the whole video. Lamest music video ever.

http://www.elkland.net/video/Apart/Elkland_ApartVidFull_ref.m o

For Quicktime.

Inspection12e (April 19, 2005)

Why did this terrible band need a second review?

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

Fun record. I kinda like it, but it's a blatent Erasure rip off.

ubershep (April 19, 2005)

being british is the new ghey

XmeepX (April 19, 2005)

haha I used to be the manager at a journeys kidz and we had one of their videos on our monthly things. It was pretty bad, although funny. Just wait til you guys hear fan_3

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