A horrible hack

Bernays Propaganda

My Personal Holiday

Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: MoonLee
 
Reviewed by Laurence Olsen on Aug 6, 2010
In all honesty, this is pretty grim.

The first few seconds, yes... seconds, suggest a decent Kelly 8-style spunky post-punk type thing but this quickly evaporates. This is really sub-Gossip post-pfunk (as the press release states) that has little imagination or willingness to break the shitty, aged post-pfunk mould. The fact that the singer sings in her native Macedonian is not lost on me – I like a band who don’t feel they have to default to English as their chosen tongue, and indeed it’s probably a blessing I can’t understand the words. But every half catchy hook recalls listening to a Rapture song for the 17th time in a row, whilst the same monotonous disco beat limply pushes on regardless through the whole album and straight into the funky-punk-graveyard of 2006. No passion, no interest.

Indeed, although Bernay’s Propaganda seemingly fight a good fight (they’re named after Edward L. Bernays – “the inventor of PR and all subsequent media-powered destruction”, apparently) they’re actually really very tedious.

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