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A somewhat quick and spotty post-punk chameleon album that works its way from a crackly industrial intro to noise-synth new wave to jerky-riff punk to 11-minute closer; enhanced by warm and drony production that resembles an old dubbed over VHS tape. Comparisons to contemporaries Deerhunter and Wolf Parade are as valid as old standards like Joy Division and the Bunnymen - like these bands, Viet Cong has a knack for combining unique and catchy rhythms with goth-bleak dissonance. Not to mention hi-hat blitzkriegs, which never hurts.
Belle and Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Though nearly every track is overlong and the songwriting is a bit by-the-books, this is still the beautifully vocalized and effortlessly lush Belle and Sebastian we all know and love. And while the disco dance floor-rousers aren't quite their forte, the efforts here are appreciated - the standout of which manages one hell of a coda and compares love to frog that's been misunderstood.
Reign of Terror
The blimpo production here is truly something to behold, and initially it hit me like a ton of bricks. But opener/showboater "True Shred Guitar" ends up a tease more than anything - what starts as shred quickly bubbles over into overinflated and saccharine sweet Disney-esque pop. Hearing gargantuan riffs and pounding double-bass drum in this context its charm, and oh does it get stuck in your head, but I'll be damned to get through more than a few tracks without audibly groaning.
Smells Like Children
Not often do I feel this unsanitary after merely listening to an album, for this I applaud these miscreants and award credit where credit is due. But boy is this a sleazy, scuzzy, and gimmicky ride. To kick things off, we hear what a 4-year old's nightmare might sound like - it is indeed a fitting introduction. Their industrial leanings aren't bad when they're not focused on just swearing alot, but in no way is it worth wading through the remaining mess - average covers and a sped up cowboy ditty at its best, a phone call I probably shouldn't be listening to and lame effects-laden interview clips at its worst. If you're looking for the adult'
The Get Up Kids
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