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Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards
We Cut Corners Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards
Released 11 November 2011
Label Delphi
Length 26:54
Genre Alternative rock
Website www.wecutcorners.net
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Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards by We Cut Corners is the latest addition to the Irish indie scene which seems to constantly shift between aggressive intensity to calming inertia. The album begins with the background tremolo of the guitar and the forceful thumping of the drums. The determined vocals are strained. As the song fades into fuzz, 'Go Easy' begins with its lullaby-like guitar and harmonising vocals. This juxtaposition of the band’s ability seems emphasised throughout the album as it appears to follow this pattern throughout. As 'Go Easy' speeds up and emulates its antecedent, 'A Pirate’s Life', then comes in with soothing lyrics and folky guitar. The album’s highlight is undoubtedly 'The Leopard', although I prefer the band’s slow songs; those which stick out are 'Yet' and 'Dumb Blonde'.

The intensity of the songs flips back and forth which makes the songs almost predictable. The longest song on the album is just over three minutes long; there is no song here that you can really get into before it’s over. However, there are a few great songs on the album. The guitar and drum duo have been compared to The White Stripes for obvious reasons, which I think is unfair. They certainly have the raw power that The White Stripes had but lack their sleek style, which Jack White radiates.

The album is quite short, landing in at just under half an hour, even though it has ten songs. There is no clear cohesiveness to the songs which lends to the somewhat disjointed feeling of the whole album. On the other hand, writing short songs appears to be their style so they may not want to create a cohesive atmosphere. As a debut album it demonstrates clear songwriting ability. I hope to see more from We Cut Corners in the future. Hopefully they will have the opportunity to produce a clearly intended album rather than a collection of songs.

- Mark Barrett