We’ve been hyping up the long awaited return for some time now. Following the releases of ‘A Chore’ and ‘World of Doubt’, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but considering what I had to do to get it I couldn’t wait to give it a listen. In the end took about ten before I really made up my mind, and I still reserve the right to change it.
Several of the songs carry on from where ‘We Have Sound’ left off, all be it with a few extra wonky bass lines thrown in to keep things relevant. ‘On A Plate’, ‘Hold Your Hand’, ‘Seizemic’ and lead single ‘A Chore’ all sound like they could have evolved from tracks that didn’t make the final cut for Tom’s debut, but have been returned to and modernised here.
Elsewhere we see Tom experimenting with different structures, effects, sampling, loops etc. which were only just becoming envogue back in 2005. ‘Aroused’, ‘A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.’ ‘Close Mic’ed’ and ‘Someone Loves You’ all sound like a progression from the old sound, throwing in a dash of post-dubstep here, a bit of minimal-tech there, fused together with Tom’s own style with mixed results.
To give Tom his dues, the album is excellently honed and crafted, the drums and bass push the same buttons they did on ‘We Have Sound’, his vocals have barely changed, and it makes you feel six years younger. But this is the down side to ‘Leisure Seizure’. Sounding like ‘We Have Sound’ is not a bad thing, it’s a great album. But it just feels a bit ‘too much’ like it for a modern audience who have heard many other bands since come along and try to emulate it, even if few have come close to Tom’s high standards.
To be crude, the album could be said to be similar to fucking an ex partner. It feels good because you both know what the other likes, but at the same time you know you shouldn’t be doing it. And the reason you shouldn’t be doing it is because although you’ve moved on since you split up, and they kind of give the impression they have too, twenty minutes in to it you realise that they haven’t actually moved on at all.
And if you listen to the final track ‘Too Bad’, you could almost say Tom knows it himself. He blames his equipment, he admits he’s made it up and he’s tried but failed this time. I really wanted this to be amazing, and as good as it is (and it is a good album that Vek fans will really enjoy), it just isn’t what I expected it to be.
You can listen to the album for free here:
[P.S. Add another crumble if you’re already a Tom Vek fan]