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    Default Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind

    online listen
    not my thing but it may be yours
    the clip, not sure which was worse, the song or the video
    1.2 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Cyan

    released May 8th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk band comprised of Adam Bainbridge, made its commercial recording debut with the
    "Swingin Party" single on Moshi Moshi Records in 2009. Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites
    influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial
    recording debut of Kindness, "Swingin Party," a disco-punk cover version of the Replacements song, was an MP3 blog
    favorite in 2009, as was its B-side, "Gee Up." Promotional videos were released for both songs, and numerous
    comparisons were drawn between Kindness and Talking Heads. LCD Soundsystem and the DFA label were also frequently
    drawn comparisons. In late 2011, Kindness released a second single, "Cyan," on Terrible Records in the U.S. and
    Female Energy in the U.K. The band's first full-length followed soon after in the first quarter of 2012. World, You
    Need a Change of Mind was issued by Female Energy/Polydor and featured all the previously released singles as well
    as an unexpectedly lovely and dubbed-out cover of Anita Dobson's "Anyone Can Fall in Love," a song best known as the
    theme to the popular U.K. television show Eastenders.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    On "Bombastic," a track near the end of his debut album World, You Need a Change of Mind, Kindness main man Adam
    Bainbridge spends a bit of time listing off his influences. He probably didn't need to because the sound and feel of
    his inspirations bleeds through almost every minute of the album. World is made up of DNA derived from (to name a
    few) the slinky disco of Larry Levan, the skittering funk of Prince, the weird bedroom pop of Todd Rundgren, the
    sophisticated groove of Nile Rodgers, and above all, the hedonistic grace of Arthur Russell. Working with legendary
    producer Philip Zdar (of Cassius), Bainbridge is able to skirt past charges of being an imitator by imbuing his idol
    worship with enough imagination and emotion to make World, You Need a Change of Mind into a sparkling hybrid of old
    and new dance music. The record includes previously released singles that sparked a lot of interest in the band --
    hearing them again it's easy to see why. The subdued electro-pop cover of the Replacements' "Swingin' Party" is an
    inspired take that invests the original with a new layer of modern melancholy, "Gee Up" is a short blast of
    strutting, funky dance rock that Prince would surely recognize (as would Ace Frehley, since it uses a sample of his
    cover of "New York Groove"), and "Cyan" is pulsating neo-disco that would slot in well next to LCD Soundsystem on a
    mix. The rest of the album is just as impressive. Bainbridge is skilled at creating and sustaining moods over the
    course of a track; usually it's a kind of downbeat, driving-through-the-rainy-city-streets-at-night feeling that is
    well-served by his warm and heavily over-dubbed vocals. Occasionally, as on the smile-inducing "That's Alright," or
    the sweet cover of Anita Dobson's "Anyone Can Fall in Love" (the theme to East Enders, of all things), he aims for
    something a little lighter, but mostly it's a downer dance party he's throwing here. A really good downer dance
    party! Thanks to Zdar's sure-handed co-production, Bainbridge's skills at synthesizing the past and present, and a
    batch of songs that really stick to you after a couple listens, World, You Need a Change of Mind ends up being a
    very pleasing, very interesting record.

    Track Listing

    1. Seod
    2. Swingin' Party
    3. Anyone Can Fall In Love
    4. Gee Wiz
    5. Gee Up
    6. House
    7. That's Alright
    8. Cyan
    9. Bombastic
    10. Doigsong
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    the video is better than the song, but only just!!!!

    ive come to the conclusion that there are not that many good albums being released right now...sure makes Neil Young's june release more anticipated now!!!!

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