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I want to hear a cut that I can play all day long, all night strong. Something a bit like MGMT but, you know, when they were good. Or to have Animal Collective see what happens when you write big fat tunes and stop worrying about being clever.
I would like these American rock veterans to make something so sweet and big and tender and produced within an inch of its very being that they finally do something that hits me right there, in that place which means where I fly around the room like a burst balloon at the brilliance of the thing and in my loudest squeak holler, “Finally, guys, you got me. I accept it - you’re good”.
Hugo Sanchez once scored a goal so great that his manager suggested the game should be stopped. Similarly, nothing can stop the title track of this mini LP and nothing can follow it although ‘If You Move Shoot Em’ tries with its kraut-rock groove and fuzzy electronics. ‘Is The Black At The End Good’ does their Neil Young-in-outta-space-schtick, ‘Think Like a Machine, Not a Boy’ is a spacey loose affair, an acoustic lament made interesting by the usual madcap production squelsh and ‘Wolf Child’ is a pretty sweet singalong. ‘Assasin Beetle/The Dream is Ending’ does the whole lost in outta space thing again over the course of several minutes.
It's all decent stuff if you are fan, but ‘Peace Sword’ should convert even the staunchest of non-believers.
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