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The View 'Which Bitch?'

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A review of the album 'Which Bitch?' by The View

The View - Which Bitch?Review Snapshot: A failed attempt by the 'Dundonian upstarts' to recreate the magic of their debut album, 'Hats Off to the Buskers.' In the words of all of our favourite teachers, 'a good effort, but a lot more work is needed.'

The Cluas Verdict? 4 out of 10

Full Review:
I recall listening to an excellent album in 2007 which shaped my summer, this album was 'Hats off to the Buskers', the debut album from ambitious Scots The View. It was a personal portrayal of working-class life and the lyrics and music were immeasurably perfect. My hopes were high for their follow up 'Which Bitch?' They needn't have been.

Evidently life has changed for the band since the success of their debut. In particular, the lead singer Kyle Falconer moved out of his Dundee council-estate family home into a central London apartment. Surely this would cause progression in the band's music? It's apparent from the outset of the album that The View are desperately trying to retain the 'working-class, hard life' attitude that dominated their first album. It was believable then. It's not believable now.

Tracks such as 'Double Yellow Lines' and '5Rebeccas' make for dull listening, rarely showing any stand-out melodies or lyrics. It's nearly impossible to engage with these songs, they're not even vaguely memorable and are easily forgotten.  It's evident they've tried, but perhaps a bit too hard?

Ballad 'Unexpected' is a poignant addition to the album. Falconer wrote it about his father, who passed away from cancer when he was a child. Violins and cellos add to the already emotive song, effectively portraying the despair Falconer must have felt at the time.  It's a heart-wrenching track, with lyrics such as  'You would lead a shortened life/cause your light was running low.'

Their latest single 'Temptation Dice' is arguably the best track here with a Libertine-esque catchy riff and an overall danceable tune.  The lyrics may be indecipherable at times, but it seems to complement the music perfectly. In this song they caught the essence of their first album that was somehow lost along the way.

Paolo Nutini was recording his new album in a studio in Wales near to where The View were recording 'Which Bitch?' They, wisely, roped him into collaborating with them on the track 'Covers', beautifully singing with Falconer and giving the album a lift. This track is definitely a high-point on 'Which Bitch?', it has real emotion and  is noticeably different to every other track on the album.  It is, in contrast to several other tracks, memorable and somewhat redeems the otherwise lifeless album.

'Realisation' is, without a doubt, the album's worst track. Bassist Kieron Webster takes on singing duties for most of this track, but the song just seems so long , even though it's only 3:41 in length. It seems very rushed, and it's difficult to tell what 'style' they were trying to go for. A disappointment at best.  One redeeming grace on this track is the acappella line 'Take for granted Eagers omen/Stories lost its moment.' It's all in harmony  and is sublime. I can't help but think that if they'd paid as much attention to the rest of the song as they did this line, it could be something wonderful.

Overall, 'Which Bitch?' is lacking in the musical genius which was present in The View's first album. I hold out hope that this album was mainly experimental, and that any future releases will contain the excitable, emotional rollercoaster they  portrayed in the past.

Aideen O'Flaherty

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Re: The View 'Which Bitch?'

what were you expecting "hats off to the buskers 2" ?? harsh review

By fudge on   Thursday, June 11, 2009
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sums the entire thing up...
"trying to retain the 'working-class, hard life' attitude that dominated their first album. It was believable then. It's not believable now."
i like it. NICE review :P

By Sarah on   Saturday, June 13, 2009
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I agree that is harsh review.
personally i thought the album was great.
you can easily hear the improvements with the lyrics, strings, instrumentals etc!
they sound alot older and maturer
10/10 in my mind anyway

By laura on   Saturday, June 13, 2009
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i think this band have what everyother young band dont...the guts to try something different..instead of the same ole g,d,c cheesters...for example scouting for cheese sticks...exactly!!!hun..

By cobs on   Sunday, June 14, 2009
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What a stupid review, considering every other review has given "whitch bitch" a cracking write up, mabie you aught to take another listen. Not only have the view added alot of variety in this album, their lyrics and the orchestra used show more maturity. Realisation is one of the most popular songs on the album - twat.

By kristy on   Monday, June 15, 2009
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Thats the most ridiculous review - considering ever other review has been praising the dundonian geniouses, mabi ou ought to take another listen. "Which bitch" is a cracking album, and the view are a credit to dundee. And F.Y.I, "realisation" is one of the most popular songs on the album - twat.

By kristy on   Monday, June 15, 2009
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I appreciate all of the feedback and your opinions. I think it's important to note that what reviews are, primarily, are opinions. I'm not saying the album is entirely bad, I did like "Unexpected" quite a bit and the same goes for "Covers." However, I didn't like "Realisation", that's just my personal opinion. To be entirely honest, I'm surprised this has annoyed so many people. I do like The View, without a doubt, but I just can't lie and say that I love "Which Bitch?" Thanks for reading.

By Aideen on   Monday, June 15, 2009
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Re: The View 'Which Bitch?'

bit silly. every song on the album is actually amazing. :)

By Aimeé on   Thursday, June 18, 2009
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harsh doesnt even begin to describe this review.....were you listening with cotton wool in your ears. there are many bands whose second album fails to recapture the esscence of the first one. this one has in my own opinion improved and i look forward to a third helping from the view

By orange k on   Sunday, June 21, 2009
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That's awesome band! I Love "Hats Off To The Buskers"!Thx !

By Ian on   Tuesday, February 09, 2010
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Welcome to all the View fans who, as I see from our website stats, have been visiting this review via a link on the Official View site. You are all more than welcome, even if you disagree with the opinion of the writer fan Aideen O'Flaherty (who is a fellow fan of The View). Feel free to submit an alternative review yourselves! If it is well written we will publish it!

By eoghan on   Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Fanboys in 'not agreeing with reviewer' shocker! Aideen, good work on your first review for CLUAS. As you'll discover, there are 100's of people who'll read your review, agree with it and not comment. It's only those people few people who disagree with you that usually comment.

By Idiot Kid on   Thursday, June 25, 2009

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