Broken Records Until the Earth Begins to Part

Broken Records Until the Earth Begins to Part
Tipped as the "Scottish Arcade Fire," Broken Records marks the latest in a long series of bands to be swept up and spit out by the British hype-machine. Yet, like so often is the case, it's hard to see what all the fuss is about after hearing the Edinburgh group's debut LP, Until the Earth Begins to Part. Like that self-important title suggests, this is a band that takes itself way too seriously, with the orchestra-packing septet bashing out epic folk rock that's heavy on emotion but light on true, honest feeling. Nearly every track brings an overly bombastic array of string-laden crescendos, tiring vocal builds, and large-scale productions that grasp for grandiosity only to fall painfully flat. And when the band does occasionally tone things down, the ballads slowly go nowhere fast (insert bland Coldplay comparison here). Whatever the hype may say, Broken Records' Until the Earth is easily forgettable and hardly worth all its overreaching effort. (4AD)