Better & Better
I luv this. Alt J seems to getting better and better with each release (du! are the spposed to getting worse and worse?!?)
In Cold Blood, my fav track, strikes me as mostly original although parts of it remind me of a James Bond theme and something from Jethro Tull's Aqualung although much updated.
I've been an avid listener of the beloved Alt-J since 2014. One of my all time favorite bands, each song delivers a unique vibe that you can enjoy, (even if you can't understand Joe w/o reading the lyrics as you go along :) Although An Awesome Wave is my favorite album by Alt-J, RELAXER has proven itself worthy of praise as well.
Listening to RELAXER for the first time was like easing your way into cold water. I bought the entire album without hesitation, and when I first dipped my toe into the pool, a slim feeling of regret was in the back of mind. I decided to just jump in, and realized how ignorant and impatient the people reviewing RELAXER are.
THIS IS A HECKING AMAZING ALBUM.
With the edge of An Awesome Wave and the sound of This is All Yours, RELAXER brings something new to the alternative table, and I have 0 regrets in my purchase. All I can say, is be patient; it's worth it.
Can I return the album?
3WW is a magical song. The rest of this album is uninspired crap. And then after they were done recording 5 crap songs to try and fill an EP, they decided to throw a cover in just to prove they have nothing more to say.....Should have just bought the single.
Some good songs, some bad; overall, not very cohesive.
iTunes' description of this album is idiotic. The "great British rock innovators" blow alt-J's third record out of the water. Radiohead's third album was the illustrious OK Computer, a fantastic record front to back. Even its b-sides were pretty great. OKC managed to get its point across, without the heavy-handed tactics of a true concept album. Meanwhile, alt-J's third full-length is the exact opposite of a concept album: a short, scatterbrained collection of tracks, with no connection other than a few lyrical motifs and general peculiarity. Don't get me wrong, it has some nice moments - Deadcrush and In Cold Blood are fun songs, and Adeline is absolutely beautiful - but, on the whole, RELAXER pales in comparison to the likes of Pink Floyd and Radiohead. By the way, I'm not trying to hate on alt-J. They're talented musicians - but, for the most part, you wouldn't learn that by listening to this album.
Another great album :)
not as "Awesome"
I call alt-J's third album "The Cars" effect. Like The Cars, alt-J's first album was ground breaking and amazing. alt-J's 2nd "This Is All Yours" is also very good but similar to "An Awesome Wave" as was "Candy-O". Then there is "Relaxer" and The Cars "Panorama". Both 3rd albums tend to stray and to me I like it when bands break into newer sounds and ideas but it doesn't always go over with fans, radio play and sales. Still, I have nothing but admiration and high hopes for these guys for many years to come.
OMG BUY THIS ISH RIGHT NOW!!
ONE OF THEIR BEST ALBUMS EVER!!
Least favorite(by far) out of all the albums. I wish I could return it and get my money back.
I use to adore Alt-J and when I heard they released a new album I couldn't wait to hear! I only listened to the previews and couldn't even finish a single one.. the energy is lazy and half assed. I get they might have wanted a different sound from their past songs, but I loved them due to their eccentric sounds and the twists and turns of their hypnotic masterpieces. This album seems dull and muted. Not even bothering to purchase it. Plus with less songs than the usual album, they could've showed more effort and creativity.
Smart and inventive
It's odd to me that longstanding Alt-J fans seem to dislike this album. To me, this is easily their best. They've really put together an awesome album start to finish. Each song different from the previous, while holding a general feel throughout. It's a brave album that I appreciate tremendously.