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The View – Cutting Corners

June 24, 2011 by  

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The View – Cutting Corners

NAME: The View
EP: Cutting Corners
DATE: 1June2011

LABEL: 1965 Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: The View! I don’t choose you.

LOCATION: Dundee, Scotland.

LINE UP: Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly, Steven Morrison, Darren Rennie.


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Apparently The View’s third album is titled ‘Bread and Circuses’, which is a bloody winning combination no matter who you ask. Cutting Corners features two tracks from the aforementioned circus as well as three brand new numbers.

SOUNDS LIKE: Cutting Corners starts us off with a charming little number called ‘Sunday’, it’s cheery and upbeat and actually sounds like the theme music to some sort of whimsical television adventure series, like a noughties update of the Littlest Hobo. You can almost perfectly imagine the cast walking down the dusty road of destiny together as the credits roll – in fact it’s almost cheerful enough to serve as the theme music for the latest pokemon summer blockbuster. It’s got that exact blend of harmless, approachable, pop light heartedness.

Happy, by ironic comparison, isn’t nearly so light-hearted – it’s a gloomy, rainy day of a track about conflicts in love with a mournful hint of the Cranberries to it. To flog the pokemon reference to new and disturbing levels, this could serve as the background music to the segment where Pikachu gets all mopey about his unfulfilling relationship with Ash or something.

Unfortunately all further pokemon reference must stop here as everything gets quite serious, the folksy pop-rock gradually morphing into something that resembles a Cranberries/Semisonic mashup with some very sweet sounding violin work… Except that’s sort if it. The rest is all quite forgettable and passes by in a hazy blur. The final album track, a remix of Happy by Tim Hutton is an electronic, curiously curt number and more than a little frightening. The musical equivalent of a doll’s dead-eyed stare it has the appearance of life, without actually possessing any of it. Uncanny valley.

Let’s conclude with a statement of indisputable truth. #109 Koffing is the greatest pokemon of any generation. HANDS DOWN.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You want a less than the sum of its parts Cranberries/Semisonic/children’s summer blockbuster mashup.


Submitted By Andrew Gregory



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