BN.com Gift Guide

Yesterday Was Lived and Lost

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
The third in a recent string of unreasonably excellent Hot Chip side projects, following About Group's Start & Complete and the 2 Bears' Be Strong -- all released within a year of one another and also, impressively, as the band were preparing their own soon-to-be-released fifth album -- New Build is spearheaded by guitarist Al Doyle also of LCD Soundsystem and drummer in this group, bassist Felix Martin. Given its pedigree, Yesterday Was Lived & Lost holds exactly no stylistic surprises, offering a familiar blend of gently melodic synth pop and electronic dance-rock with plenty of percussive, LCD-style disco-funk workouts. Doyle may not have the undeniable ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $12.31   
  • New (2) from $12.31   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
The third in a recent string of unreasonably excellent Hot Chip side projects, following About Group's Start & Complete and the 2 Bears' Be Strong -- all released within a year of one another and also, impressively, as the band were preparing their own soon-to-be-released fifth album -- New Build is spearheaded by guitarist Al Doyle also of LCD Soundsystem and drummer in this group, bassist Felix Martin. Given its pedigree, Yesterday Was Lived & Lost holds exactly no stylistic surprises, offering a familiar blend of gently melodic synth pop and electronic dance-rock with plenty of percussive, LCD-style disco-funk workouts. Doyle may not have the undeniable personality and charisma of James Murphy, Joe Goddard, or Alexis Taylor -- though he does have a bit of Taylor's earnest sweetness. But his understated melancholia is endearing in its own right, and his subdued vocals do sometimes recall another Chip affiliate, the smooth, blue-eyed retro-soul man Grovesnor. One of New Build's most effective tactics is to juxtapose a floating, leisurely lead vocal line against a markedly more kinetic rhythm track -- be it the stirring, propulsive, double-time drive of "Behind the Shutter," the jittery, DFA/Talking Heads-style dance-punk of "Mercy," the warmly sparkling, '80s-vintage pop-funk of "Silence and the Muttering," and the gorgeously silky "Miranda Be My Guide" or, most audaciously and dramatically, the pumping Euro-house synths of the plaintive/anthemic "Do You Not Feel Loved." As the tempos slow toward the album's latter half, the results grow somewhat less distinctive -- "Schism of the Mind," "Finding Reasons," and the beatbox bossa "Last Gasp" toe the line between suitably somber and simply sluggish -- although these ballads serve their function, balance-wise, in context. More satisfying, if slight, are a pair of mildly silly, XTC-ish pop nuggets, "Medication" and "The Third One." But it's lead single and go-to track "Misery Loves Company" that provides perhaps the most immediate and unabashed thrills, bursting from a sturdy, workmanlike chug to an effervescent, stop-time chorus whose musical effect is similar to Doyle's lyrical description of his experience upon sighting the object of his affection: being transported to "a place where the process of thought dissolves into tiny pieces." Much more than a stop-gap substitute that will be forgotten by the time the next Hot Chip full-length comes along; Yesterday stands on its own terms as one of the finest dance/electro-pop records of the year. Either Doyle and Martin have been impeccably schooled by their bandmates in the fine art of blending melody and propulsion, humor and heart not to mention the tasteful inclusion of steel drums -- or else they've been some of the band's too-well-kept secret weapons all along.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Lanark Recordings
  • EAN: 5050954268426
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 245,382

Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Build Primary Artist
Tom Hopkins Background Vocals
Janine Rostron Background Vocals
Richie Crago Background Vocals
Owen Clarke Synthesizer, Guitar, Background Vocals
Lulu Doyle Background Vocals
Annalie Wilson Background Vocals
David Holloway Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Mark Ralph Mastering
Charlie Youle Artwork
New Build Composer, Producer, Mastering
Bevis Martin Artwork
David Holloway Programming
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously