I’m totally fine with it don’t give a fuck anymore by Arab Strap review by Christopher Peterson for Northern Transmissions


I'm totally fine with it don't give a fuck anymore

Arab Strap

I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍 is the eighth studio album by Arab Strap. While it is a unique experiment, it unfortunately falls short of expectations, struggling in most areas to maintain all that it throws out.

The opening track, “Allatonceness,” makes the tone and lack of cohesiveness clear. The production here feels disconnected from the odd vocals that don’t work well with what it is presenting. Simply put, just like the title suggests, this song suggests a lack of thoughtful consideration. The lyrics are interesting, but nothing more than interesting at their core. The vocals are tired, but they work decently with the songwriting, albeit barely. I would characterise it as a combination of fatigued vocals and hypersonic elements, creating a disjointed and odd experience to fully engage with. The next track, “Bliss,” also exemplifies this. The vocals are almost tired in their vocal ability matched up with popping sounds, and instead of making a unique experience, it makes the song feel thrown together in its attempts to make anything other than an outtake. The songwriting is unique but lacks anything of note, and the production, as usual, does not keep up well with all of this. In other words, this album attempts more than it can chew with sounds that don’t work as a whole and feel broken within the core it is built off of.

I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍, compared to Arab Strap’s previous work, falls short and struggles maintain the sounds it builds and the vocals it tiredly brings out. Like the title suggests, some parts of this album extremely lack thoughtfulness. There’s a sense of haste in the album’s completion. The vocals feel as if they need more time to get it just right, and the production struggles significantly to keep up with it. If I had to describe it: Sloppy? Yes. The experimentation was so excessive that it was harmful to the album. Very much. It’s innovative and significant in other ways. Barely. The album succeeds as an interesting title but fails deliver a strong whole, and examining each track makes each flaw presented here more clear, with the vocals near always failing to match up to the interesting production, making for not just a disappointing album but one that feels like it needed more time to develop.

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