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The Forms
Icarus
Three Spheres

Rating: 6.8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As if it hasn't already been obvious for quite a while, I'll say the whole Brooklyn/NYC rock revival thing is a double edged sword. Of course, some of the best bands making music right now live in Brooklyn or Manhattan (the Walkmen, the Liars, Calla, Ex-Models), but the area also houses a lot of not-so-great bands/musicians (Electroclash's first coming and second coming has made it clear most Electroclash-ers are devoid of any musical talent whatsoever).

So I hesitate with Icarus. Brooklyn's The Forms have enough cred to mingle with the best of 'em. The Forms have a lot of fans around town, enough to sell out shows in New York. The Forms been praised by everyone from staff at Pitchfork (picked number one album of the year so far in a recent review) to Will Oldham, Tom Ackerman and Kim Colletta. The Forms have toured with everyone from Q and Not U to Arab on Radar and Owen. The Forms' Icarus was recorded by Steve Albini and mastered by John Golden (Sonic Youth, Spoon, Utah!).

So what about this Icarus? Its ten tracks in eighteen minutes, but only seven songs. Probably partly because I was pretty excited to hear the CD, I was disappointed by it. Icarus is a very well-played and impeccably produced album. These guys (and Steve Albini) know what they're doing. I'll give them that any day.

That I can't put my finger on what the Forms remind me of is surely a great thing as well. I'm sure they listen to Joy Division (hear those guitars?) and the like, but that's not it. There's definitely a Walkmen feel in there, too. Sometimes vocals sound a bit like the Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison trying to sound like Hamilton Leithauser- see "Stravinsky"- but that's about it.

When off-kilter drumming, distorted guitars, bass and Walkmen-esque keys come together at their best, Icarus is a wonderful, sweeping affair, but as a whole, Icarus lacks that special something that would make a great, wholly unique album. The Forms are on their way to making fantastic music, it's just they're not quite there yet. I'm looking forward to hearing what's next for these guys as they march toward that goal.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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