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Album Review

Capdown expand to a five-piece with the addition of a full-time keyboardist and programmer on their third album, but there's otherwise frustratingly little difference between Wind-Up Toys and its predecessors. Fusing ska, punk, and metal into an improbable but energetic mash-up of aggressive vocals, hyperactive drumming, and heavy unison guitar and bass riffing with stridently political lyrics and occasional Lora Logic-style saxophone blurts, Capdown have defined their sound by now. However, although great fist in the air songs like the anthemic closer "Home Is Where the Start Is" and the striking first single "Keeping Up Appearances" bring together everything that makes Capdown what they are as well as any of their previous tracks, there's a sense of creative stasis on Wind-Up Toys. The way in which the keyboards and samples are somewhat haphazardly jammed onto the beginnings and ends of songs, as noisy intros and atmospheric codas, only accentuates how poorly the band have integrated their new member (Eddie, who like all the bandmembers, eschews the use of his surname) into what is in danger of becoming a pro-forma sound. For a band whose lyrics tend to be in favor of the concept of social revolution, the lack of musical growth and progress doesn't speak well of their belief; Wind-Up Toys will certainly please fans, but a bigger sense of musical exploration would do them a world of good.

Customer Reviews

A Pleasent Surprise!

I have been waiting for this album for a good few years now, and unfortunately, my interest was starting to fade. When i saw it was available for pre-order i thought 'why not?'. The forst thing you notice is that it sounds very very clean. this is probably due to it being recorded over a year ago and 'fiddled' with since. Tracks such as 'Terms and Conditions Apply' have a slightly more Indy feel to them but there are tracks which go back to the bands routes such as 'Thrash Tuesday' with a far more aggresive, rough feel. It includes the brillient single 'Keeping Up Appearances'. this is a much more refined sound that previous attempts. Jake has obviously been prectacing his vocal style and after a few listens you get used to this. And to be honest its for the better! To sum up, if you used to go watch Capdown or still do you must buy this! being more varied in style there is something to attract new and old fans alike.

fantastic

don't listen to the itunes review! “frustratingly little difference between wind-up toys and its predecessors” is, frankly, ridiculous and just plain wrong. you can really hear how capdown have changed and matured as a band in the six years since pound for the sound was released. so it's different. but is it good? absolutely. on first listen, i wasn't too impressed. it didn't reach out and grab me as such, but with each repeated spin it has grown on me to the extent that i now love it. every single track is a winner, there's not a weak one on here. from the blood pumping opener, to the more laid back "no matter what", to "community service", a track which lambasts uninventive bands of a similar genre, this album will keep you completely gripped. they haven't lost the ska either, it's still here in very generous amounts. basically, i can't recommend this album highly enough! it's probably my favourite album of the year so far.

home is where the SKA is ;)

I aint gonna get all technical with this, it's a fantastic album end of. If you've liked or loved previous capdown work then i more than encourage you to get this album!! Having seen them perform "Home is where the start is" last december, and as i was listening to the track via my space for a long time before the album was released, it's my favourite track and i think it's a shame not as many people have been shouting about it BUT that's not to take anything away from the rest of the album! Whether you're an enthusiastic listener, or a just getting interested, these guys on are the front line of the UK sKa scene, and it's exactly where they belong

Wind-Up Toys, Capdown
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