Fontaines DC Skinty Fia Album Review: A Disappointing Return

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Ireland’s DC Fontaines are among the recent wave of bands (including IDLES, black midi, and Sleaford Mods) from across the Atlantic who have embraced punk and post-punk roots in their home countries, only to discover as much, if not more, of their audience in the United States. Proudly patriotic and remarkably well-read, Fontaines DC scrutinizes Irish authors and poets for their research, moody songs.

Her debut of 2019, DougrillIt’s arguably the band’s best job so far. Fans of the debut of Arctic Monkeys will find similar bravery in Sharp Definitely Dublin-based personality and proud regional accent. Nominated for a Mercury Award based on, Raw, Self-Aware, and Unconstrained Dougrill Came up with such gems as the one-two punch of James Joyce’s reference ‘Boys InetIs Better Land” and the frenetic tunes of “Hurricane Laughter”.

Fontaines DC’s second album, 2020 hero deathAnd Which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album, came fast on the heels Dougrill. predictably, hero death They focused on the young band’s experience on the road, and the disintegration that comes with rapid escalation in the music ranks. There are wonderful moments of Joy Division-esque grief in “Love IStHe Main Thing” and pure rage in the Iggy Pop .-inspired Living I movien America. ” But hero death Lost a unique view Dougrillas well as the charm of her raw and ready-made style, trading in For a more refined and productive sound.

On her third album, Skinty Fi (An old Irish curse phrase that loosely translates to “deer curse”), Fontaines DC takes another predictable turn, the trend of a band now far from their hometown. The benefit of that is to look at Ireland from a distance perspective (across London, England, band members” city ​​of current residence) and explore Irish anti-Irish sentiment toward expatriates in their homeland—something that Fontaines DC faces through partial and total assaults—for lyrical fodder. If only the music rose to meet that lush substance.

TIt is actually a group He paints The majority of musical influences on Skinty FiPictures from the 90s in London. Primal Scream and Death In Vegas style electronic experiences are heard in the title track and “Big Shot”. these They are joined by more ’90s American influences like Mazzy Star (and early 2000s like The Strokes) on “Bloomsday” and “How Cold Love Is.” However, more than anything else Skinty FiLumbering progress and dystopian overtones come like discounted versions of the Bauhaus The cold gothic vibes and claustrophobia drawer of the aforementioned Joy section, just without taking advantage of the latter Incomparable bass range.

This scene of effects works against the Fontaines DC, a squad at their strongest when the identity is boldly made, as it did during Dougrill era. TIt is torment and melancholy Skinty Fi still contains Memorable momentsAnd Like “Jackie Down T .”is the line.” He A song about being bad, like FifthSinger Greyan Chatten heartlessly rejoices over Johnny Marr-like guitar tones: “I don’t think / We’ll stand / I’ll make your secrets mine / I’ll hate you / I’ll devalue you / I’m a Jackie line.” The cruelty is clear.

also rise aboveThe rest is “I love you”, not about a person, but about Ireland itself. Despite the eye-catching title, nationalism has never sounded as romantic as it was when Chatten stated, “I love you/Imagine a world without you/It’s only you/I think only of you/And if it’s a blessing/I want it for you.” Echoes of the Stone Roses song “I want to adore” confirm his lyrics, “If I should have a future/I want it with you.” These feelings can easily be attributed to all things with emotions, though those feelings are human in particular.

What makes Fontaines DC special Dougrill– Irish narration centered on identity and driven by rock – is exactly what gets lost Skinty Fi. The identity of the band The calling card is now a joystick for tracks like “roman holiday“(Sometimes Dead Bell for Echo And The Bunnymen’s”)kill the moon”) as Fontaines DC searches for acceptance and belonging, as transplants. In the storytelling editorial “In ár gCroíthe go deo”, once removed from Ireland, Irish pride is destroyed and replaced with distrust. Pogo-ready beats give way to static walls of guitar and a monotonous vocal delivery that pulls the album in rather than plays it.

Fontaines DC continues to attract new listeners with every album, except for the band she has Did not live up to early praise. Yet in a way, they have a twisted finger in the hearts of those fans who accept the group’s diminishing returns and underdelivery, swallowing disappointment and embracing music that succeeds. Like the band themselves, they hope for the best next time.

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