Hadouken! - Music For An Accelerated Culture

This Hoxton group's take on grime leaves them in the sub-Dizzee Rascal camp, with their lyrics and delivery not a patch on that pioneer of all things urban

Album Review by Neil Riddell | 22 Apr 2008
  • Hadouken! - Music For An Accelerated Culture
Album title: Music For An Accelarated Culture
Artist: Hadouken!
Label: Atlantic
Release date: 5 May

 

NME described this lot as sounding like “every decent genre of the last decade yelling loudly over the top of each other.” Fair enough, but the jury is very much out as to whether that’s a good thing. The jarring electro-indie soundclash of opening track That Boy That Girl, for instance, simply sounds like an unfocused racket. Elsewhere, this Hoxton group’s take on grime leaves them in the sub-Dizzee Rascal camp, with their lyrics and delivery not a patch on that pioneer of all things urban. Driving Now, meanwhile, sees them alarmingly straying into cheesy 80s synthpop territory, while the sirens which kick off Get Smashed Gate Crash herald the start of a pretty execrable three-minute foray into rave. Perhaps seeing Hadouken! live, where they perform stripped back versions of these same tracks, would be a better bet but little here suggests the critical plaudits they have garnered are even slightly merited. [Neil Riddell]

 

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