Thieves Like Us continue their style of sentimental electronic music with their second long player "Again and Again." Recorded in early 2009 in a basement in Paris, the songs here reflect the mood of the band, and focus particularly on failed relationships, alcoholism, and the yearning for that perfect imaginary soul mate.
While the faster songs like "Shyness," "One Night With You" and "The Walk" are clearly aimed at the French dance floors, there are plenty of downtempo songs here too. "Never Known Love" and "So Clear" fit somewhere in the spectrum of Slowdive or The Cocteau Twins. After following the band through the highs of their nighttime adventures, the album closes with the very intimate ballad "Forget Me Not" and we are left realizing what goes up, must come down.
Thieves Like Us are two Swedes and one American living in Berlin, Paris, and Milan. They are one of the only multi-nationals that won't exploit you. Mexicans love them. The French love them. Americans love them. The Japanese love them. Neither Andy Grier (vocals, guitar), Bjšrn Berglund (synth), nor Pontus Berghe (percussion) live in their home countries, and none of them probably ever will again. They first met at a picnic in East Berlin in 2002. Since then, they have also lived together in London, Paris, and New York City. The trio can often been seen in and around night clubs, but they fit awkwardly there. Thieves Like Us were first discovered by the French imprint KitsunŽ who released their single, "Drugs In My Body" in 2007. They make pop music with a vintage electronic feel. Many times it makes you dance. Other times it makes you feel strange and wonderful. Back in the day they probably would have signed a contract in blood with Factory Records.
2008's "Play Music," their first album, would definitely have fit the bill. BBC Music called it "consistently exciting ... a contender for electronic album of the year." A writer for the legendary entity Amoeba Music exclaimed: "I have managed to fall deeply in love with this band in a matter of weeks. It is getting to the point where I don't want to listen to anything else." They are just about to release their second album, "Again and Again," and continue their non-stop world tour...
Praise for Thieves Like Us:
"Proving they're far more than fluff, the Swedish/American trio slip in undetected with an impressive Balearic disco-tinged album for 2010. Again and Again arrives self-assured, boasting a glossy sheen that resonates pop and provides the first hints of a band on the road to maturity." - Cream Team
"Lovers of new wave and electronica would love to march with the electronic trio's combination of intentionally barren soundscape and booming collection of both up-tempo and down-tempo beats." - FHM
"They recorded their new album, Again and Again, in a Parisian basement, and it smells (er, sounds) of punch-drunk wanderlust' freewheeling and romantic, an electronic record that hasn't been completely dehumanized. Explore "Shyness" lovers-disco and you'll see what we mean." - Cash and Caviar
"Thieves Like Us deconstruct pop songs, warping them into skulking, introspective shadows existing somewhere between the likes of Cut Copy and Gang of Four. - It's A Trap
"Again and Again's sound is more polished than its predecessors. The vocals, noticeably dreamier; the percussion, mathematically fine-tuned; the synths and effects, more melodic and progressive. While still exhibiting common elements with Crystal Castles, there'd5s sound noticeably comparable to The Pet Shop Boys, The Cure and New Order." - Feed Me Good Tunes
"Unlike bands that take New Order and Daft Punk influences and twist them into some kind of bizarre hyrid, Thieves Like Us brings in the influence straight up, and somehow in that they've created something totally fresh. Their music is very electronic, but it feels very organic." - AZLTron
Thieves Like Us
Again and Again
CD: July 6, 2010
Catalogue number: LIFE068
Artwork by: Konst and Teknik
1. Never Known Love (mp3)
4. One Night With You
6. Lover Lover
7. Love Saves
8. The Walk
9. So Clear
10. Forget Me Not
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