Adebisi Shank   This is the Album
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Ranking: #39 for 2008

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4.0 excellentStreetlightRock EMERITUS | December 19th 08

"Hey ma hey ma hey ma! - look what I can do with a guitar!!!" is more or less the sentiment Adebisi Shank give off here on their insane debut. Far from fret blazing wankery though, the Shanks write their music with one foot in a puddle of math rock and the other in a bucket of fun, all while jumping up and down with frantic energy. With most of the songs here barely scratching the three-minute mark, This is literally packed so tight with awesomeness that its spewing from the seams.

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0.0 Fugue | July 15th 10

This is the soundoff of a band called Adebisi Shank.

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4.5 superbDave de Sylvia STAFF | February 23rd 09

Its critics might argue that math rock is arty music for serious people, but Irish three-piece Adebisi shank make a pretty good case for brining instrumental rock back onto the dancefloor. This Is The Album.., the group’s first full-length effort, exudes a rigid, robotic quality, the sort that seemed to be in vogue among indie rock/dance crossover acts a couple years back and became law at James Murphy’s DFA Records, i.e. “robotic” in sense of the silly dance that everybody tries to do badly. As an album, it’s reassuringly retro: guitarist Lar Kaye is a virtuoso, pulling his tricks as liberally from the shred guitar cannon as the experimental hardcore playbook, while kitschy electronic bleeps come courtesy of bassist Vinny McCreith (a.k.a. The Vinny Club). It lasts just 23 minutes, but This Is The Album... might just be the party record of 2009, but it’s among the most thrilling 23 minutes in music this year.

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