Klaxons - Surfing the Void

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Electronic, Pop, Rock
Polydor Records
Klaxons
Surfing the Void
Klaxons - Surfing the Void Review rating:
2
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Average: 3.3 (3 votes)

Surfing the Void: For its charm and its accessibility I've tried to forgive, but for how frustratingly inoffensive it is, I'm compelled to forget. The whole album fails because of its inability to leave an impression, which, considering how lazy its electronics and how predictable its songs are, is not surprising. You see, Surfing the Void is a record that breezes through tracks that could possibly be fun and catchy, but never seems to expand upon its ideas. Throughout, Klaxons throw in tons of pop choruses and dive headfirst into rock and dance subgenres, but the majority of the album comes across so uninspired that it's hard to think of it as fun - more like mundane and harmless.

Worse yet is that nearly every other problem on Surfing the Void stems from this shame. If every track wasn't a near-replica of its neighbors, perhaps it wouldn't have been so amplified; unfortunately Klaxons spit out logic and create an album with so much unrealized potential it's infuriating. Opener "Echoes" begins the lot with echoing vocals and melodies and some dance-rock passages strewn about, and for its subtleties it's easily the best track on the album. Up next: the ironically titled "The Next Space" - just an exaggerated and overlong version of its predecessor, if with a little bit more "rave" thrown about. Unfortunately, this "rave" is cut short by some poorly performed and terribly placed take on alternative rock that sounds so cheesy that you'll be begging for discordant cuts like "Extra Astronomical" where guitars aren't pretty and distorted. They lurk - and they aren't even guitars anymore, they're axes. Drums aren't nearly as saccharine, they sound gritty and dark. Tracks like these show more potential, as it's Klaxons finally dropping their ultra-serious/ultra-happy/ultra-hip façade for just a moment, but the track still feels like an aside. That's essentially what Klaxons have crafted on their 2010 album: an underdeveloped aside so insignificant that it seems bothersome to reflect upon it - unless of course, I made an awful, awful joke about Klaxons's Mercury Prize win back in 2007 and say they'll probably win an award for Best Album Cover. That would be really funny and entertaining, right?

1. Echoes
2. The Same Space
3. Surfing The Void
4. Valley Of The Calm Trees
5. Venusia
6. Extra Astronomical
7. Twin Flames
8. Flashover
9. Future Memories
10. Cypherspeed

Klaxons are a psychedelic pop band based in London. The band consists of Jamie Reynolds (bass, vocals), James Righton (keyboards, vocals) and Simon Taylor-Davies (guitar) with drummer Steffan Halperin being officially added in 2007.

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