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- Year Of The Tiger by Fucked Up
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 01 February 2012
More Matador goodness for me. This time it's Fucked Up's 'Year Of The Tiger' 12”. After last years epic The Who meets Bruce Springsteen rock opera 'David Comes To Life' I was hoping for something unexpected from the groups next installment of their annual Chinese New Year 12” EP but it looks like they're sticking with the progressive style with this sprawling 15 minute beast. To me this sounds very much like an extension of 'David Comes To Life' with tense melodic build-up's making way for crescendo's and massive chorus's...very typical of the Rock Opera format. Can't knock the ambition mind. Got some cool guests on this one too with Jim Jarmusch, Annie- Claude Deschênes and Austra all making appearances. Flip it and it's another mammoth track entitled 'Onno (Excerpt)'. At 22 minutes long it begs the question - how long is the original? I'm guessing it's an excerpt looped to make a new tune though I don't know for sure. It begins with a drone of reversed guitars and drums that carefully unravels itself to reveal a shoe-gaze-tastic synth and guitar wig-out that seems to last forever before eventually revolving back to it's reversed state. It definitely ticks of another box for the group and works better for me than the Rock Opera stuff. Well psychedelic. What these punks been smoking brah?
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