Good ol’ crooning rock, heavy on the electric guitars and drums. It’s not a remarkable effort, but if you like DFA or the 1990s, this may be for you. Most tracks are off of their most recent album, “The Physical World.” Recorded live at Jack White’s studio, all tracks feature cheering and some commentary at the beginnings and ends. In fact, the beginnings and ends are perhaps the most interesting parts where the band gets creative and doesn’t solely rely on shredding and screaming.|
RIYL QOTSA, The Rapture, The White Stripes, The Stones? (apparently Mick Jagger was in the audience)
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Recommended tracks: 1, 3, 11
1. (3:26) Modulated start, hurried vocals rocking out, then ending with a slower, crackly guitar line. An ode to Frankenstein.
2. (3:37) Computerized voice leading into a big guitar smash, but the sound is a bit repetitive.
3. (2:51) Super energetic hi-hat punctuating a full-bodied guitar spiraling into oblivion.
4. (5:12) Midtempo rocking, pausing, thoughtful lyrics about death. Heavy on the drums, as always.
5. (4:25) Begins with the voice of an old newscast. Falsetto crooning with guitars churning. Crash and burn lyrics.
6. (2:41) Electric guitar screaming, high energy shredding, over in an instant. Sad.
7. (5:16) Starts with a nice instrumental lead-in, but that’s all that manages to differentiate it from the other tracks. The usual guitar and crooning.
8. (2:59) Guitar reverb to rattle your brain. Not the tightest combination of drums and guitar, but a cool use of the guitar to sound like a siren.
9. (3:37) Hi-hat like a ticking bomb with reverb before the usual rocking. Protest the police.
10. (3:13) Rock anthem feel from an actively moving guitar line, punctuated by tambourine.
11. (3:39) A computerized beep-boop twinkle with heavy rocking, an ominous portent of what’s to come.