9/10 Mike Staff review, 01 May 2014
Politicised Montreal indie rockers Ought have a debut album out on the legendary Constellation rex this week and it's pretty ace. This is straight down the line '90s indie rock with a slightly lo-fi physical immediacy to it that brings to mind bands like Rodan and June of 44 crossed with some of the better recent '90s throwback types like Kal Marks and Protomartyr.
The songs are quite melodic, but with a jerky post-hardcore angularity too, with the choppy chiming riff and lolloping groove which opens the album sounding rather a lot like Battles, but by track two they're heading down a more well-worn indie rock path with the quiet-loud dynamics, Parquet Courts jangle and Chris Leo-esque urgent monologuing of 'Today, More Than Any Other Day'.
I think it was Azerrad who said that Kim Deal's vocal style was like she was trying to call a friend over to see something exciting she'd seen without breaking her cool, and that's the same feeling I get from the vocal delivery here, only with the voice of David Byrne. There's nothing groundbreaking happening here, just real good '90s-style indie rock being played by people who sound like real humans, but they've found a great balance between surprisingly infectious melodies and a scratchy, slightly lo-fi delivery. This is excellent.
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