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7/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
I notice that now, on their fourth album, Blood Red Shoes have opted to go down the self-titled album route. Perhaps they feel this is their defining statement, perhaps they couldn't think of anything good enough in time. It's not for me to judge. Either way there's another album of their strident Kills-meets-White Stripes neo-grunge for me to plaster my inquisitive ears to this morning so I shall get stuck in.
This pair have really mastered the chunky late '90s rock sound at this point, with the guitar and drums crunching out thick slabs of slick distorto-rock that sound weirdly dated but also, at this point, quite current, since everyone's started making grunge records again. This mixtures of grunge and '90s power rock, along with the boy/girl vocals, remind me a bit of the new Post War Glamour Girls effort which I very much enjoyed earlier in the week, but with less of the unpredictable loud/quiet/loud Pixies worship and more soaring girl vocals and Killsy atmospherics.
So overall I'm not enjoying it quite as much...it's okay, decent even, but you may feel like you've heard it all before.
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