Wednesday, November 7, 2012

One-sentence reviews #2

Mount Eerie
Clear Moon
(2012)
(P.W. Elverum & Sun)

The unmistakable and harrowing(ly pur-tee) sound of hitting a rock-bottom depression with droning, uh, "soundscapes"; this is the sharp cheddar to Bon Iver's velveeta.

***

Japandroids
Celebration Rock
(2012)
(Polyvinyl)

!!!!! AVOID !!!!! - I'm not going to condescend to your tastes if you can put up with this grating crap but as with Fang Island, if you tout this record even nostalgically but still sneer at Saves the Day and Fall Out Boy and the like, you are one of the world's Problems.

***

Ty Segall
Slaughterhouse
(2012)
(In the Red)

More interesting than it initially seems, this (in some circles) big tentpole is just Nuggets-infected throatiness with a strong, shambolic hard rock edge -- the main obstacle for me -- and if such pureness of theory strikes your fancy, I'd advise giving this a spin.

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