Alex Clare - The Lateness Of The Hour album review – MVRemix Rock

Alex Clare – The Lateness Of The Hour album review

When Alex Clare’s new album The Lateness Of The Hour began I must admit, I was confused. The track Up All Night begins with a driving bass and drum line that sounds a lot like (exactly like) Death From Above 1979, just not as good. For a moment I thought that this album might actually have some potential. That moment lasted exactly ten seconds.

Then Alex Clare began to sing. His voice sounds like John Mayer if John Mayer was doing a Shakira impersonation. This is an apt descriptor as the song Up All Night is basically a Shakira song; Reggaeton beat and all. It was funny for a few moments to hear a man sing like Shakira (and poorly at that) but then it became annoying.

Don’t worry because it’s only the first song, and Alex Clare has yet to reveal and dazzle us with his arsenal of atrocious and vacuous songs. The next track tries to fuse calm ambient piano tones with dub-step. America’s appropriation of the British electronic style has done more harm than good (though some of the good is damn good) and Alex Clare is really not helping refute this claim (Alex Clare is still singing like Shakira during this freakishly retarded abomination of music). Raise My Beloved tries to hold onto some semblance of quality by using strings to accompany the chorus (probably the producer’s decision). If you’re wondering, it doesn’t work.

Clare’s voice is plastic at best. His “tone” and his “soul” hold no real essence. His lyrics and commercial friendly vocal tone feign emotional maturity. His lyrics are puerile and simple. Indeed they’re designed to that effect, so that anyone (including children) can identify with them.

Up to this point, it’s really okay. It’s just a pop album. A bad pop album (if we recall Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds we’ll remember that pop doesn’t have to mean bad) at that, but still a pop album. And you know I was going to cut the album some slack and try to appreciate it. But then Alex Clare tries to cover Prince’s When Doves Cry.

No. No. No. Absolutely, no. No. No. And no. You (I’m talking to you Alex Clare) are not allowed to equate yourself to, pay homage to, or act like Prince, the god the legend, is your role model or influence. The Revolution is above you and you will never be worthy. Especially if the only clever twist you can add to your poor cover are dub step sounds. This is a move which, if you can remember, you’ve done for the whole first half of the album. No and no. Double no in fact. How do you say no in dub step speak?


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