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The Invisible Line
Paper and Glue

Rating: 3/10 ?

February 27, 2008
We've all of us, probably down to a (wo)man, had the unfortunate experience of falling prey to pre-street hype on some glistening promise of an album, only to have all the illusions of build-up smashed to smithereens on the Tuesday afternoon of its release. We know it's disappointing, and every lunch hour wasted on a walk down to the record store is accompanied by vows to never be hoodwinked again; yet somehow the cycle always repeats itself.

For me, the most recent of such incidents revolves around Temposhark, a London-based act that's been the talk of the town all winter. As the group's backbone, singer/songwriter Rob Diament and producer Luke Busby have, since the band's formation in 2004, achieved super-celebrity status within the UK underground club scene, due largely in part to the pair's extensive list of collaborations and remixes. But, as you may have already gathered, for all the bells and whistles of Temposhark's pre-release resume, when it came time for their debut, The Invisible Line, they phoned in sick.

Considering that they've been posturing themselves (one of the dudes sports a mohawk, and their photo shoots are "styled") on the front line of groundbreaking contemporary club music, Temposhark's debut sounds remarkably dated. The Invisible Line instantly rewinds at least the last five years in music, and there's no way to consider it without recollections on acts like Orgy, another band that managed to sound dated with their debut, back in 1999. It also bears mentioning that by rewind I do not mean revisit, as The Invisible Line does not come across as an intelligent throwback so much as it does a K-tel compilation. When rummaging through the album's dozen tracks, you get the distinct feeling that Temposhark are taking their best stab at sounding "fresh," but the whole lot is so dated I wouldn't be surprised to find it literally molding at the edges.

I don't know if too much hype can hurt a band - any press being good press and whatnot - but if ever there were an argument in favor of such a sentiment, Temposhark are it. I'll have forgotten all about The Invisible Line by the time this sentence is over, and I implore you to please not remind me.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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