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Album Review

Ian Broudie is probably one of the least likely people to embrace electronica, but on their fifth album Tilt, some of the Lightning Seeds' dancier undertones are brought to the forefront. The Seeds are no strangers to stiff, computerized beats; because the band was technically Broudie's solo act until 1996's stellar Dizzy Heights, he often used a drum machine to round out the sound. That's why Tilt, which is neither electronica nor rock, but merely danceable pop, is hardly a real reach for them. If anything, the album is a minor disappointment because it seems that just as the group began to sound like a live act (and enlisted Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, as drummer) they reverted back to being a slick pop band. This is not to say that Tilt is a bad record, however; it's quite the opposite. Some of the lyrics here are Broudie's most affected yet, and some of the arrangements are very exciting. In a way, it's like a less-dated version of their debut Cloudcuckooland, released nearly ten years before this one. Highlights include the first single, the up-tempo "Life's Too Short" and the techno-rocker "Crowdpleaser." Occasionally, the Lightning Seeds sound like a warmer version of the Pet Shop Boys, especially on "If Only" and "Happy Satellite." Furthermore, the second single, "Sweetest Soul Sensations," samples Al Green. Overall, however, the album gels into a cohesive statement that's sure to please both casual and die-hard fans of this excellent pop band.

Customer Reviews

A Disappointing Release

Change is never a bad thing. It's just that when artists change, they get the feeling that they no longer need to write any decent songs. I can think of a dozen classical, rock, pop, dance, metal, soul, hip-hop & contemporary songs that are brilliant.

So Change is not a bad thing.

Sadly, this album, even with it's fresh approach fails to impress on so many levels. The songs are dull & I cant even recall a single track from the album to cheer for it.

Stick with Pure, Jollification & Dizzy Heights.


Formed: 1989 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The wispy pop outfit the Lightning Seeds were essentially the solo project of noted producer Ian Broudie. Born August 4, 1958 in Liverpool, England, Broudie first emerged as a member of Big in Japan, a product of the same Liverpudlian post-punk scene that gave rise to Echo & the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes, and Icicle Works. After Big in Japan split in 1979, Broudie followed a brief tenure in the Original Mirrors by producing the first two Bunnymen LPs, Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here, as well...
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