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Snare


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 12 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000066I33
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Snare
2. Sugarcane
3. New York Snow
4. Peacock Johnson
5. Driving Myself Crazy
6. Lover's Leap
7. Good Girls
8. She's A Knife
9. This Evil Love
10. Fucking Around

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Started primarily as a multimedia project by Belle and Sebastian bassist Stuart David, over the course of three albums Looper has evolved into something that is only now beginning to resemble a proper band. The Snare is certainly the outfit's most focused collection yet, doing away with the bubbly, ambient doodles of 1999's Up a Tree and 2000's The Geometrid in favor of a bare-bones soundtrack feel. A slight Burt Bacharach vibe runs through songs like "Lover's Leap" and "F***ing Around," but this is distinctly dark stuff. Punctuated by sqwaking saxophones, delicately plucked strings, and twitchy lo-fi beats, it's kind of like Air without the B-movie naïveté. For those who like that kind of thing. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Imagine, if you would, the worst early-80s Depeche Mode tracks that you can-the throwaway fluff, the embarrassing filler, the deeper than deep cuts that make you think "What were the boys from Basildon smoking back then?" I'm talking about tracks from the pre-Black Celebration era that just make you cringe at the mere mention of their titles. Now imagine a collection of those tracks, sort of the antithesis to a greatest hits collection, perhaps entitled "Droppings: 81>85". That collection, in all of its synthetic wretchedness, would so far outshine the Client album that it would be akin to comparing a single Christmas tree light to the sun. Andy Fletcher, ostensible head of the Toast Hawaii label, should stick to what he knows best--namely, clapping out-of-rhythm onstage and breathing Dave and Martin's valuable oxygen. Good fans of electronica, I beseech you-pass this one up unless you are profoundly hard of hearing or an avowed aural masochist. P.S. Helpful tip for the Fletchinator: just because the vocalists can sing better than you doesn't mean that they can actually sing. Miss Kittin sounds like Kathleen Battle in comparison to the caterwauling on this disc.
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I listened to this CD at a listening station at a book store and fell in love with it. I had no idea they had other albums, and when I read the other reviews here, I was shocked. Well, shocked until I went and listened to the other two albums' song samples. I see now why some people would be disappointed ... I couldn't even believe this was the same band. However, not knowing any of the history of the musicians or anything like that, I have to say I'm in the exact opposite boat. I LOVE this album and you'd have to pay ME to buy the other two. I like the "soundtrack/storyline" feel of the album (reminiscent of Queensryche's "Operation:Mindcrime") and I think by far the first 3 songs are the best. The album has a very very dark, sultry, somewhat dangerous feel. But if you allow yourself to feel the groove, there's no way you can deny that most of it oozes sexuality. I was slightly bothered by the fact that many of the songs sound similar, but the smooth sensuality of it is enough to overlook that. I admit, I do not like the woman's voice on Peacock Johnson at all, and I really don't like the schmaltzy Burt B. feel of ..., but beyond that, I think this album's a winner. I'm glad I never heard their first two albums, because I don't think I'd have given this one a chance. If you like a slightly evil/dangerous sounding album, musically and artistically superior (but not heavy at all), with a sexual/sensual undertone, I recommend you give this one a shot. It's the first time I've ever wished my name was Sugarcane ...
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Format: Audio CD
Looper has switched gears on this album, abandoning their bubbly electronic dance tunes in favor of a darker, more subdued sound with only a few common instrumental sounds running throughout the album. The halting beats and sinister whispering of Stuart David may surprise anyone whose heard past Looper albums, but this is an album that keeps you coming back. The sound at times verges on 80's hip hop, but there is no head-bobbing to be done here. The songs never build to a crescendo, and the occasional xylophone or cello is the only relief from sparse, synthesized drums and horns that take center stage on every track. Having said that, for all their subtlety, these songs are well-crafted and worthy of repeated listenings. Give it at least two before passing judgement, since the common sounds may initially lead you to believe every song sounds the same. Trust me, they don't.
P.S. For all those reviewers screaming that this is not Belle and Sebastian, you're right. That's why it's a separate band.
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By alexander laurence on April 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Client has been around for a while. People thought they were a secret project by Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode. They turned out to be something far more sinister. They are two women from Yorkshire. They have the look and sound of something much like Ladytron and Adult. People who attended their first DJ residency found out that they are two women called Client A and Client B. So much for name recognition. They are an Electroclash sounding outfit with northern accents. Their first single "Price of Love" sounds more like Ladytron. Other songs have to feel of obvious sources: Kraftwerk and John Foxx. "Sugar Candy Kisses" is more punk rock/indie sounding with some electro squiggles. They are threatening now to play in American audiences behind a scene with only TV images. This is a great record for those who thought the electro scene was played out.
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Format: Audio CD
Superb debut album, and the new stuff is even better. Especially the next single Radio. Wait until you hear that before you dismiss them as a Ladytron rip-off. Client B's unique voice and singing-style brings a lot of feeling to the songs, which is usually missing in the cold hard world of electro. Ladytron are generally much colder than Client, with the odd exception like Playgirl of course. In a world where the charts are dominated by manufactured pop rubbish, bands like Client and Ladytron should be welcomed with open arms. You can have both you know! ;)
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By thatsnice on Dec 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of its reviews, the fact that it was a group discovered by Depeche Mode, and the fact that I'm a fan of 80's inspired electro-pop. What I got was a disgraceful heap of junk. Never have I been SO disappointed by a CD that I took a gamble on and just bought. It's when I pay for music like this that I WANT to use the internet illegally for all my music needs!
Be sure to LISTEN to this before you purchase - the fact that there are so many used copies for sale at such a low price already speaks volumes for its quality.
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