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- Crush by Abe Vigoda
9/10 Brian Staff review, 16 September 2010
I know that Phil guy, known him for years . He tells the Debenhams story about how night workers at a store in Leeds could hear the vibrations from a Swans gig at the Warehouse half a mile down the road. That doesn't mean that grumpy old NY disturber Gira gets MY vote for album of the week (although it is a mesmerising album!). Tropical goth art-punks Abe Vigoda have possibly constructed my long player of the year with 'Crush'!! I hate to be a vacuous trendy kid but this is kinda what I expected from The Horrors last album. Les Savy Fav, Bauhaus, Interpol. The Robokop Kraus, Xiu Xiu...all the things you like about all these bands and much more, rolled into a relentless pop machine. They're quite tribal & relentless too, with massive choruses & this hypnotic attention to detail. There's also captivating crescendos like what you get from Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai, there mingling with frenetic, violent art pop. They're quite freaky, lots of songs have scintillating off-beat drum patterns..I have listened to this album about 30 times in the past two months & I'm utterly, hopelessly possessed. Their last 'Skeleton' was the biz, this is the lion's dick! It's like 2002 all over again but better!! For fans of Cold Cave with a hope...
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