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Atlas Sound

Rating: 8.8/10 ?

November 18, 2009
The sad reality of solo project ventures from even the most promising frontmen and women of their respective bands is that only a handful of these works seem to amount to anything worth listening to. The new Atlas Sound disc, Logos falls into this small collection, as Bradford Cox's new record starts where the previous one left off delivering airy, enjoyable pieces with somber undertones.

"Walkabout," the much-touted collaboration with Noah Lennox of Animal Collective, is a lighthearted jingle that successfully incorporates Lennox's innovative use of spacey, repetitive lyrics with Cox's complimentary intonation and alluring harmonies. Both artists tend to use lyrics more as an instrumental device, as the rhythmic use of echo tends to take backstage to other sounds, as evident in the dreamy, lulling verses.

When the lyrics are decipherable Cox's music has serious undertones, and "Sheila" is a perfect example. Musically the song is engaging and cheerful, but the lines discuss more about mortality than anything, from "You'll be my wife/ You'll share my life," to "When we die we'll bury ourselves/ 'Cause no one wants to die alone." An edgy guitar riff and some well-placed maracas resonate splendidly, as the track displays Cox's compositional creativity. "Quick Canal", featuring Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, is an abstract, danceable track designed to entrance, with occasional moments of clarity, as when Sadier bellows "wisdom is love."

Perhaps the simplest yet most elegant song on the album is "Attic Lights," which features high-pitched lyrics and engaging experimental guitar. Cox does his best to outdo Beyonce with "My Halo", and although Cox wasn't given a comparable vocal range (or curves), the song is a valuable addition with heavy bass and meandering guitar. The title closer, "Logos," almost seems like an extension of "Quick Canal" but utilizes Cox's distorted voice instead of Sadier's. And while the slower, wandering songs certainly make the composition and mood of the record, it's the more upbeat tracks, never Cox's previous forte, that shine on this disc.

Reviewed by Brian Christopher Jones
A student living in Scotland and working toward a PhD in law.

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