Prelude - Cartoon Breakup

Published Monday 11th June 2007
Prelude - Cartoon Breakup
Prelude - Cartoon Breakup

RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23249-12485
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Hebden

This Prelude should not be confused with the '70s Tyneside folk rockers (who had a hit with "After The Gold Rush") or the current American girl trio band, which features Michael Omartian's daughter. This Prelude offer something approaching rock, come from somewhere in the Maidstone area, and this is their second demo single. The band play some nice guitar but suffer from songs which lack character and obvious hooks. The singing also fails to convince - one line has a nice touch of sensitivity, the next the singer misses the notes. The words are sometimes indistinct but do suggest a fertile imagination in other places, eg, "My eyes see past this melting triumph/Into a stage that you are the only one on." The production tends towards MOR rock, although I liked the Edge-like guitar effects and syncopated drums and bass on the intro to "Vindicated". Shame the guitar goes concrete and flat in the chorus, tending to kill it off. The band probably need some stronger songs and a more convincing/distinctive singer to stand out from the crowd, or even the other Preludes.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Nick Dawson in London @ 16:45 on Jul 15 2007

Well, well, well. Yet another track that clearly was not listened to properly. You can't even get the lyrics right. Please listen to the latest track. Yes I did say listen to it. Scoring out of ten I would have given them a 7-8. But then thats just me!

Posted by Ali in UK @ 13:55 on Jun 18 2007

Totally disagree with the reviewer in this - 3 out of 10 would suggest that this is drivel, and it's not. I'm not sure where the reviewer felt the guitar went flat, but the opening track oozes energy. I don't think the singer is as hit and miss as you claim, with Vindicated playing to the sensitivity the review talks about.

What I find odd is the scale of the rating - I follow CR reviews closely, in particular a lot of the UK indie bands, and I can't work out how this gets 3/10 compared to a lot of the other output over the past year. From reading the review (and comparing to other 2,3 star reviews), it's not clear how the reviewer came to the conclusion of such a bad rating.

I know that having different reviewers will result in a variation in the scale of ratings given, but I think this is really disproportionate compared light of other reviews.

I'm disappointed with the review, and to anyone reading it - ignore it. Up the score by at least three (and add an extra point for Vindicated), and you're in a better ball park.

Posted by Tim in Maidstone @ 16:23 on Jun 17 2007

I agree with the other two.... totally!

You only other rating this bad you have given recently was to David Gibbs so I listened to some of that ep to compare with Cartoon Break up and to put it nicely I don't thing these two eps should have the same rating!

I have also noticed that generally you either like a band and give them 7/8 or you dont like them and give them a 4(or sometimes 3!)

Sure this ep doesn't sound as good as say Noel Robinson who you gave a 9. But they are an up coming band on a smaller budget and amounts of time. I'm sure prelude understand this themselves but that said it is in no way a bad ep!

I would give it a 6 or 7! But you have just decided, because they have more restraints than say Noel, to slate it!
Honestly I had a small opinion of these reviews before but now......!

I hope you review their latest recording, sometime this year maybe?, and correct the opinion of those few people who actually respect your views!

If you have read that review, visit and see what they are actually like!

Will end the rant here but could go on and on....

Prelude deserve much better.

Posted by Abby in Maidstone @ 17:40 on Jun 15 2007

another thing..

you gave them a 3 out of 10??


There Outstanding..

I Dont understand...

=] That all =D

Posted by Abby in Maidstone @ 16:24 on Jun 15 2007

Hahahahahahaha. How stupid do you have to be to write such things about prelude?? There a fantastic band and you are so wrong. Theyre songs do NOT lack character and the singing "fails to convince" does it?? Pfft. Prelude are better anyone and everyone so i hardly believe ther singing FAILS!! Yeah i may be 14 but i know good music when i hear it and this is it. Arnt older people ment to be more clever and brainier?? Just shows how wrong adults can be sometimes!! "Shame the guitar goes concrete and flat in the chorus, tending to kill it off" Ha! CONCRETE?? FLAT?? Did you actually LISTEN to the song?? I think not.

Posted by Beth in Maidstone @ 09:56 on Jun 15 2007

HARSH comments. Totally disagree! Think the songs rock, the lead vocalist is fantastic and that these guys will go places.

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