Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

By Tim

Death From Above 1979
The Physical World
9 September (Last Gang Records)

DFA 1979

After a messy split and a 10-year hiatus Death From Above 1979 has finally released their 2nd full-length album. DFA 1979 blew up overnight and imploded almost as fast. DFA 1979 were kings of the “noise rock” with a punk vibe. They had a hit album with their 2004 record You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine and took on tour for two years before it came to a screeching halt. The toll and exhaustion from touring turned to anger and the duo split. They reunited in 2011 and thus began the process of writing their latest album, The Physical World.

What I’m notice with The Physical World is that it has what I call the “Wavves” effect. Meaning that there is not major growth or change in sound between the albums. The pacing in The Physical World is slower at parts and it is a bit more melodic (dare I say poppy). “White Is Red” is the one song that seems to diverge from the norm. Basically, it is hard to know, just by listening if The Physical World came out before You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. Case in point, the intro to Gemini and Turn It Out (from their first release) sound eerily similar.

Now this is where the critics split. Some will say that this lessens them, that they’re not as great of a band because they stick to one similar sound. I disagree. DFA 1979 is the best at what they do. If you were like me and loved You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine then The Physical World is a great continuation, not a variation.

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Do you agree? Disagree? Tweet us @ravedeaf or call Tim out directly @timylittlerobot

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