[22 September 2011]
If you are a dance music aficionado simply looking for something to shake your butt to, then Tiger & Woods might be for you. For everyone else, Through the Green will likely be an exasperating listen. The duo work almost exclusively in the fields of disco and samples, and yes, disco samples. These tracks are generally built from a handful of different sources; a drumbeat here, a bass line there, a string figure or rhythm guitar riff over there, and occasionally some vocals. Once the half-dozen elements are assembled, they repeat ad nauseum for between six and eight minutes, with bits dropping in and out but the beat remaining constant.
One assumes this is a solid tactic for a club setting. The various tracks that make up Through the Green would have no problem keeping bodies on the dance floor, at least when played amongst other club tracks. As a full album, though, this is some damn repetitive shit. The tempos vary little from track to track, as each new song locks in at about 110 to 120 beats per minute. And since Tiger & Woods seemingly aren’t interested in things like songwriting, different sonic palettes, or variety in general, Through the Green just drags on and on. Occasionally, the duo pulls in singer ‘Em to provide vocals, but even then they can’t be bothered to let her shine. “Curb Your Heart” and “Speed of Light” are the closest tracks to actual songs here, with ‘Em singing real lyrics. But even those vocals only go on for about half of the running time, while the rest descends into more repetitive disco sampling. Yawn.