Other People's Problems

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Review Text Bretón's debut album, Other People's Problems, often feels like the next step in dubstep's journey to ubiquity. Where artists like SBTRKT and James Blake developed a more personal, song and vocals-oriented side to the sound, groups like Nedry and Bretón go a step further, incorporating a rock band feel into dubstep's moody template. Of course, by the time of Other People's Problems' release, you-got-your-rock-in-my-electronic-music/you-got-your-electronic-music-in-my-rock hybrids weren't exactly new, and Bretón recall a more streamlined Klaxons, Metronomy, or onetime tourmate Tom Vek as often as they do James Blake; frontman Roman Rappak's half-singing, half-talking vocals are decidedly indie-sounding no matter how sleek their surroundings get. "The Commission" and "Edward the Confessor" sound suitably dark and moody, and "Ghost Note"'s dense vocals and wavering synth lines are commanding. However, Bretón sound more natural when they let their rock side dominate, as on the brassy and vividly melodic single "Interference" or "Jostle," where live drums and several breakdowns and buildups show they're more agile than expected. When a glitchy, deconstructed piano morphs into full-out rock on "Wood and Plastic," it's another surprise that shows Breton have potential to burn. ~ Heather Phares

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  1. 1. Pacemaker - 4:51
  2. 2. Electrician - 3:00
  3. 3. Edward the Confessor - 3:08
  4. 4. 2 Years - 4:04
  5. 5. Wood and Plastic - 3:39
  6. 6. Governing Correctly - 4:50
  7. 7. Interference - 4:40
  8. 8. Ghost Note - 5:32
  9. 9. Oxides - 4:58
  10. 10. Jostle - 4:57
  11. 11. Commission - 5:56

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4/3/12 

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