White Denim – Fits Review and a New Free Album

by Woody on October 9, 2010

White DEnim

White Denim just released a free album on their site, so now seems like a good a reason to finally toss up a review of their last album, Fits. They are also going to be doing some dates with Portugal, The Man. I have yet to catch them live, but they were one of SafariMan’s favorite sets down at SxSW.

And the winner for most aptly named album of 2009 is Fits. I have been apprehensive to write anything about this disc. There’s so much shit going on during the 37 minutes of playing time that I don’t know where to being. It’s as if they pulled every influence imaginable out and dared themselves to fit every last one in, much like my 3 year old twins bounce from toy to toy.

The opening track, “Radio Milk How Can You Stand It” starts off with an old Chili Peppers feel to it, and by old, I mean 80’s Peppers. And then somewhere around 2:30 mark, it veers off to sounding like a Zappa tune. I would have loved to have heard the band dialogue when writing this tune. “Do you think we can mash “Me & My Friends” and “Peaches En Regalia” together in four minutes? I have 5 bucks that says we can”

“Say What You Want” has a great guitar lick and feels like a tune off The Dirtbombs’ Ultraglide In Black. “I Start To Run” has a retro funk thing going on. “Sex Prayer” sounds like something Ray Manzarek would play back in the day. By the time they got to “Regina Holding Hands: I was thoroughly confused, bewildered and exhausted. But I loved the album.

And now here’s the crux of my dilemma – I feel like I am selling these guys a short by comparing them to other artists. They are insanely talented and creative and deserve all the accolades afforded to them. I didn’t quite get them on their initial efforts, but I’m finally on the White Denim path now.

White Denim – I Start To Run

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

woody October 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

call me old, stupid, & half deef, but how do you download this white denim free songs? I Click on the link & it brings up a player to play the songs not download.
any help appreciated

oz October 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I’m lost too. I’m stabbing at the keyboard with my forefinger over and over again.

Woody October 12, 2010 at 3:51 am

You’re old, stupid and half deef. Now that they we have that settled. You click on the link that says (if page doesn’t load click Here). At that point, you will be able to scroll under the graphic of the album and then this will appear – last day of summer download

cousin wiley October 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

how about right-click then download

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