Cosmonauts - A-OK!

by D R Pautsch Rating:5 Release Date:2016-08-19

There is something deliciously satisfying about being able to read a songlist off an album and know what you are going to get.  With this debut offering you are given such titles as Doom Generation, Be-Bop A Loser and A-OK.  You know its going to be a moody affair straight from the off.  Sure A-OK! starts off with a great riff, hooks that many boxers would be proud of and a drive that shouts that this is a band to listen to.  It's a shame the rest of the album lacks this.  The title track sounds like Manchester jangle thrown forward and given a new treatment.  It's a calling card number for sure.  

However, this and the following number, Doom Generation are surrounded my maudlin moments that just bring the whole thing down. Party at Sunday couldn't sound less like a party if it tried.  Slow, plodding and melancholy, it drags its listener through its overlong five minutes.  

Sure Be-Bop-A-Loser stumbles into existence like The Breeders and plays well for its glittery jangle approach.  However, elsewhere there are whole sequences of numbers that just bring the whole thing crashing to a halt.  At over seven minutes Discophilia is a prime example of a number that just doesn't work, is too long, too dour and feels like a chore to listen to.

It's a shame as there are moments on this album where the promise is strong.  So to write the band off would be a mistake.  After all, didn't the mighty Radiohead actually admit that Pablo Honey was a poorly sequenced album and with a bit more thought in that regard their debut and indeed this one would be a better listen.

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