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The Dudley Corporation 'Year Of The Husband'

Jul 26

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A review of the album 'Year Of The Husband' by The Dudley Corporation

Year Of The Husband by The Dudley CorporationReview Snapshot: The Dublin trio return at last, bringing us a mixed bag of well-written alt-pop songs (yay!) filled out with Radiohead-style post-rock noodling (nay!). Likeable and interesting, it’ll charm you at times – but you’ll hardly get swept off your feet.

The Cluas Verdict? 7 out of 10

Full Review:
The more sentimental indie fans among you may find it charming that The Dudley Corporation story has gone from “The Lonely World Of…” to “In Love With…” and has now reached marriage. “Year Of The Husband” is named for the fact that the three Corpo members (Dudley, Joss and Mark) all got married during the making of this album.

Not that it’s a slushfest of marital bliss, but “Year Of The Husband” certainly has a romantic tint to it, with plenty of lovelorn lyrics and sweet arrangements. However, the album’s frequent tempo changes, post-rock blurriness and shifts from quiet to loud will remind most listeners of serious, unromantic Radiohead. This is most clear in the prog-experimental “Leave A Last Kiss” and “We Angled Our Shadows And Cast Them in Stone”.

Guests on this album include Nigel Farrelly of The Waiting Room and Carol Keogh of Automata and The Tycho Brahe/Tychonaut, and Keogh contributes significantly to the record’s standout track, “Step-Out”. The contrast between her clear, distinctive voice and Dudley Colley’s indie slurring gives this rock-out a solid structure that’s lacking in the more impressionistic tracks elsewhere on the album.

Indeed, the quality of this record increases significantly when The Dudley Corporation drop the abstract noodling and deliver more focused material. A simple song like “Vapour Trails” suddenly takes off with a shimmering slide guitar lick that captures the restless escapism of the title and lyrics.

Having opened with the uptempo alt-rock chugging of “The Lens Begins”, the album closes in a much quieter setting. Another reference point for this record is the U.S. slowcore of Low, and the two closing tracks, “Aliens” and “Don’t Give Up, Stupid”, are slices of melancholic Americana that are much more satisfying than the band’s Radiohead-isms.

So, while this album features a good handful of quality alt-rock tunes, there’s a nagging sense that its more experimental stretches are just filler. You’ll like “Year Of The Husband”, but it’s best just to stay friends with it.

Aidan Curran

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Re: The Dudley Corporation 'Year Of The Husband'

I'd give the album 10/10 myself, though I did share the vegetarian table (and numerous bottles of red wine!) at a wedding with one of the Dudleys a few weeks ago so that may be clouding my judgement. I jest of course about 10 (nobody gets 10 off me!) but in general I found the album to be nice in parts, interesting in others. It was much more satisfying when it was interesting and 7/8 out of 10 is probably an accurate assesment of it.

By Idiot Kid on   Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Re: The Dudley Corporation 'Year Of The Husband'

Seven-eighths out of ten? Not even a round 1 out of 10? And after they invited you to their wedding and fed you lettuce? You're cold.

By aidan on   Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Yeah, I probably could have been a bit clearer there couldn't I? And it was worse than lettuce...it was Aubergine and Goat's Cheese...mmmm!

By Steven O'Rourke on   Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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