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- Ascension by Jesu
8/10 Mike Staff review, 12 May 2011
Justin Broadrick's back, and this time he's just the same as last time! I could write anything in this review and you'd still buy it. This guy's been ploughing the same furrow for years now with Godflesh and now Jesu and he really has got it nailed, to be fair to him. Glacially paced, wearily atmospheric, obsessively constructed tonal cathedrals...there's synth here too, I don't recall the previous Jesu stuff I've heard being this synthy. Ha, no sooner do I say that than he busts out with some kind of mid-90s indie rock stomper, 'Sedatives'. It sounds like Beezewax meets Slowdive, I shit you not. Maybe this album is more of a departure than I gave it credit for. The next track's right back to business as usual, though, and I can't see old fans of Broadrick feeling let down by this record. Very melodic, very slow riffs, a bit like that last Harvey Milk record, or if Isis weren't so overwrought. There's some unwelcome autotuned vocals here, but apart from that this is a tasteful and uplifting riff bonanza well worth getting your teeth into.
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