Jim Carroll

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Oxegen – Pet Shop Boys, St Vincent, And So I Watch You From Afar

More capsule reviews from last night. I also saw a bit of the Kings Of Leon – mmm, so that’s what the Jonas Brothers will sound like once they start shaving. Ooooooh, now this is pop (baby). The Pet Shop …

Sun, Jul 12, 2009, 12:39

   

More capsule reviews from last night. I also saw a bit of the Kings Of Leon – mmm, so that’s what the Jonas Brothers will sound like once they start shaving.

Ooooooh, now this is pop (baby). The Pet Shop Boys wow us with outlandish theatre, dancers in costumes designed by someone from Jupiter and pop songs you know as well as your muddy feet. It’s a non-stop glitzy, shiny, sexy parade of gooey, dayglo POP. Neil Tennant used to be a music journalist so there’s hope for us yet

There’s drama by the dozen too with St Vincent. Not the drama of some ditzy, flakey muso, but drama plucked from the lines and the tracings of some seriously refined songs. On the material from “Actor”, the band play with furious vigour and Annie Clark sings with lively, emphatic intent. It’s a weird scene inside the mud-mine, but one which is probably good for your mind, soul and spirit all the same

Making music to move you without singing words to stir works damn well for And So I Watch You From Afar. They load up their weapons, check the sight-lines and fire up one epic, monstrous symphony of out-there-but-in-here soundscapes after another. It’s music for stagediving off mountains, starting riots, driving at 100 miles per hour on the road from Eadestown to Ballymore Eustace at night with the lights off, herding bulls though china shops and trips to the dentist. Resistance, you know, is over-rated.