Release Date: Out Now
Louder Than War check out the new album by Dandelion Radio favourite Lord Numb who describes himself as “an angry Kraftwerk”. Read on to see if we agree…
Lord Numb’s Robots Need Love Too is an album that once you’ve heard it you can never again un-hear it. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing I will leave up to the listener.
Opener, Moonwalk reveals itself with Berlin-era Bowie synths and tick tock rhythms and contains nice touches of dub-style ambience and sub bass near the end. It even has some great Throbbing Gristle dread which makes Moonwalk a very promising opener.
Unfortunately the rest of the album does not live up to its opening number.
Robots is filled with retro electroclash feel and style and wavers too close to Flight Of The Concords parody.
Architect tries hard to be Goth-Disco but instead comes away sounding like Emerge played by Brett and Jermaine (I kept expecting a binary breakdown).
When Lord Numb unleashes the acoustic guitar and tries to fuse instrumentation with electronics the wheels fall further off still.
Tracks Little Baby Tonight, Luna Park, and The Arabian Nightmare seem like an attempt at Spiritualized or My Bloody Valentine fuzz pop but instead end up sounding like Kasabian off-cuts and 13-era Blur demos.
The lyrics, too, are quite unsettling in their naivety and lack of honing. Yoda-like reversal of sentences abound (“Am I awake, or am I asleep? Am I asleep or am I awake?”) and there is even a lift from The Blair Witch Project which made me laugh out loud.
Closing track Whistle and I’ll Come To You, is a return to the quality that opener Moonwalk promised with some nice Bambatta type beats and New Order guitar and only serves as a reminder of what could have been.
Robots.. then is a very eccentric and haphazard album which, if it was intended to be such, works extremely well as a parody album (Bonzo’s meet Eno) and if marketed as such, would do pretty well.
If the album was intended to be serious, then it fails dramatically. There are some nice touches and textures, and I do think Lord Numb shows some promise (Dandelion Radio obviously believe in him as he is a firm favorite of theirs and even appeared in their last Festive Fifty) but a lot of work is needed lyrically and a lot more quality control is required before Lord Numb and his machines take over the world.