The biggest problem I have with them is they don't look and sound live as I imagine them sounding from listening to a record. It's okay they are a bit nerdy looking and flamboyant live, but that has never been the vibe I would get from the albums. Saw them live twice already, and it's always the same case - that is not the band I imagine them to be.
I am not talking about how they sound (they sound great) and which songs they play. I thought of them to be much cooler based on the music, and live they are a bit too fun and swaggerless. I like fun, don't get me wrong, but I simply did not imagine them to be a fun band, but more of a band with swag and this dark coolness.
Lord knows I'm one of their biggest fans (already seen them 25 or 26 times live so far since 2004) so it hurts me a very big deal to confess that I'm not really impressed or excited with "Shake The Shudder" so far. It might grow on me, like "Stranger Weather" eventually did, but it didn't make me wanna tear off my clothes and dance naked like the other albums did. And that's a bad sign.
Stand out tracks are, in my opinion, "Dancing Is The Best Revenge" (for !!!'s trademark guitar bridge popping up towards the end of the track), "What r u up 2Day?" and "Imaginary Interviews".
Something happened to them after Thr!!!er. I was hoping for a return to form after 'As If' but this is just worse. It's honestly almost identical in style to Jamiroquai's latest album, except without the banging title track.
Finally got a chance to dig into As If, and I'm a bit disappointed. I really dug the cold funk of Strange Weather and Thr!!!er, and am not really feeling As If as much. Nothing stands out, and it seems to rely on tricks and jokey bits rather than hooks and musicality. Hmm.