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- Vee Vee (Deluxe Edition) by Archers of Loaf
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Hurrah! '90s grunge heroes Archers of Loaf's welcome series of LP reissues continues here with their second LP 'Vee Vee'. It's got revamped artwork that looks really cool, too - a cartoony pastiche of the original with added spooky tendrils. As for the record, haven't you heard it already? You need to get on that. It's pretty much neck-and-neck with 'All The Nation's Airports' (presumably next up for reissue) as my favourite Archers LP. It's aged really well, too, with killer tune after killer tune, ranging from percussive angsty noise rock to radio-friendly chunky power-pop and emotionally charged slow-burners. It was the introduction of this new-found dynamic versatility that really marked this album out as the one where the Archers of Loaf matured into the complete finished article they became and I honestly think this album would blow me away even if I was just hearing it for the first time today. They don't make 'em like they used to, etc, etc. These guys were often dismissed as Pavement-a-likes at the time and with hindsight it seems completely preposterous. Sure, there's similar slacker-pop vibes but Malkmus and co never had the urgency and darkness that tempers the summery indie vibes on display here, with the sweet, bright guitars masking a raw, exposed underbelly of paranoia and inadequacy that's most evident in the likes of 'Underdogs of Nipomo'. Also 'Fabricoh' is literally my favourite summer song. I can't listen to it without beaming. Bah, it seems pointless throwing comparisons around because they were rightful front-runners of that whole grungey '90s indie rock movement. These guys were originals, and hopefully these reissues will go some way to reaffirming their place on the top rung of their era where they belong. My only gripe is that once again the disc full of bonus material is only available on download for the vinyl. Obviously they've mistaken us vinyl nerds for people who want this shit on MP3. We want a record, fuckers! That aside, this is a perfect album and if you didn't get it first time round then don't snooze on this repress.
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