Taking a break from their knitting for awhile, the Patti and Selma Bouvier of indie rock re-unite with the 'classic' era line up of the Breeders for their much anticipated first new album in a decade. Expect taut and lop-sided avant rock full of unusual melodies and that golden throated voice. How much better will it be than the last Pixies album?
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Two amusing stories came out of the recent the Breeders interview in Uncut. One was that Kim Deal grows catnip for the cats of the other members of the band. Secondly drummer Jim Macpherson had the indignity of having Robert Pollard warn him about his drinking whilst being a member of Guided By Voices. Both stories sum up what we love about the Breeders. They are like family. They have foibles, are prone to eccentricities but we love them just the same.
'All Nerve' is the product of a slow and steady reformation of their classic line up and a lesson to all current members of the Pixies in how to make a vital, fresh record after some time away. Nothing about the Breeders is linear, their songs seem to have been written sideways. Although their sound is grungy and dirty they remain affecting. Check the title track. Deal's vocal is just gorgeous the line "you don't know how much I miss you" will make you weep. 'Metagoth' meanwhile is harsh and angular and reminds me of the tracks they wrote for their heavily underrated debut 'Pod'. It's notable that Deal plays bass on this track as it has a superb filthy bass line and it's dynamics sit somewhere perfectly between Joy Division and Pixies.
There's the odd misstep - in comparison to the other material here 'Spacewoman' for example lets interest wane before the simultaneously lovely and creepy 'Walking with a Killer' and lolloping seasick grunge of 'Howl at the Summit' but this is a superb example of a 'comeback' album. It sounds natural and simultaneous - more like a debut and it is a reminder of the Breeders unique place in indie rock. There's also a lesson here to younger bands. Legendary records are made from 'doing' rather than talking. Let's go check Kim Deal's Twitter page... ah @KimDealMusic hasn't Tweeted. That's why she's so good.
9/10 Dave Scott Customer review, 7th March 2018
Them at The Quietus are miserable buggers. Opinions are one thing, but as the saying goes, like bum-holes, everyone has one. And the internet was invented so shy people can be plonkers too. Did you know that was Tim Berners-Lee's intention????? Betcha didn't...
On my tenth spin or so of this LP so far. It's great. it does by-pass the poppier more 'polished' gems from Last Splash and is less lo-fi than Title TK. Definitely akin to Pod, and a great Breeders record. I'll skip the song by song analysis, but one thing that always makes a great record for me, is when the next song starts and those first few seconds make you go "Oooooo, I like this one"...there's lots of moments like that on All Nerve rather than skipping to the next tune.
That's a great thing about vinyl, it's much less easier to get up and lift the needle to the next track than simply press 'Forward' on your phone. It makes you listen and digest what's on offer. Complaints? Yeah - TEN YEARS WAIT. Come on Kim, I'll give you 18 months to get the next one out.
It did make me smile that the artwork is sooooo like a Pixies LP from the 80's. Didn't someone used to be in Pixies called Kim? :)
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