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Postby ****** » Tue May 05, 2009 7:58 am

KieronGillen wrote:Why do you think I called him Lloyd? :)

("Ready To Be Heartbroken")

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Postby KING King Impulse » Tue May 05, 2009 9:10 am

amlah6 wrote:"Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken" by Camera Obscura?

...or is that too obvious? :wink:

I thought that.

I actually got some Robyn, Camera Obscura and The Knife just because I knew they were coming up.
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Postby KING King Impulse » Tue May 05, 2009 9:12 am

Punchy wrote:Damn, that song isn't on Spotify! There goes my Phonogram 2 playlist! :cry:

Heh, I have a playlist on my iTunes that just full of all my music by female singers named 'Never on a Sunday'
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Postby ****** » Tue May 05, 2009 9:32 am

King Impulse wrote:I thought that.

I actually got some Robyn, Camera Obscura and The Knife just because I knew they were coming up.


I like The Knife, but I love Camera Obscura. My Maudlin Career has been my most played album over the past 2 months.

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Postby nietoperz » Tue May 05, 2009 9:34 am

Punchy wrote:Damn, that song isn't on Spotify! There goes my Phonogram 2 playlist! :cry:


Don't say I never did you any favours...
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Postby KING King Impulse » Tue May 05, 2009 9:59 am

amlah6 wrote:I like The Knife, but I love Camera Obscura. My Maudlin Career has been my most played album over the past 2 months.

I haven't heard the new one yet, but I plan on getting it. Right now I'm listening to the new Horrors and Maccabees albums which are taking up all my music listening.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue May 05, 2009 10:58 am

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guitarsmashley: In your case, we smiled at the comparison to Alan Moore. Comparisons - even negative ones - to Alan Moore don't really annoy writers. Really, thanks for your time and sorry it didn't work for you.



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Postby KING King Impulse » Tue May 05, 2009 11:09 am

amlah6 wrote:That gives Phonogram: The Singles Club a group score of 5.71, which makes me kind of sad, but my inner smug and pretentious hipster knows that King Impulse and I are right and everyone else is wrong.

We know... we know 8)
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Postby thefourthman » Tue May 05, 2009 11:11 am

King Impulse wrote:We know... we know 8)

Dude it is a great series, at least the first volume and I enjoyed the first issue, but this one left me cold, I didn't connect to anything or anyone and the music seemed to be all at the end. The second short was amazing though.
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Postby KING King Impulse » Tue May 05, 2009 11:22 am

thefourthman wrote:Dude it is a great series, at least the first volume and I enjoyed the first issue, but this one left me cold, I didn't connect to anything or anyone and the music seemed to be all at the end. The second short was amazing though.

Yeah, I know. I'm sure if it was a review of Phonogram as a series or as a concept, you'd score it really high.

But still, Amlah and I are smug hipsters, therefore better than you
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Postby Punchy » Tue May 05, 2009 11:36 am

Defying all expectations as usual?

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Postby ****** » Tue May 05, 2009 11:43 am

Punchy wrote:Defying all expectations as usual?


I wasn't trying to make sense, I was trying to fill space. :P

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Postby McKegan » Tue May 05, 2009 11:26 pm

Wow. Looks like I've missed some thread here.

Computer's down, so I'm posting from phone. This'll be a short review.

Just to get it out of the way, big Phonogram fan, big fan of britpop and MSP which is why I loved the first volume so much, and a big fan of McKelvie's art and his Suburban Glamour series.

Pull Shapes was great but this issue fell a bit flat for me. First, I hate when scenes from a prior book are repeated. It just irks me. It was just a few panels here, but I always feel like I'm getting charged again for something I already paid for.

The story was okay. It just felt a bit infantile. It reminded me a bit of poems and stories a lovelorn 16 year old me would have written. Not a good thing. Maybe a little too ernest, dare I say, emo. In many ways, particularly in looking how music can be so tied up with how we see ourselves and how we express our emotions, Phonogram reminds me of Local.

No complaints about the art. And the backmater was great as always. It's those kinds of touches that show the creators have so much love for a project.

Story: 6
Art: 10
Over-all: 8



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