Take a look at these grizzled men. Those are the sort of rough hewn looks that only come after years dedicated to lo-fi guitar rock. Yup Sebadoh are back with their first album since 2013s Defend Yourself. With classic original line up in place they return with 15 further dysfunctional college rock tunes harking back to their '90s heyday.
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I once fell asleep at a Sebadoh gig. Dead to the world I was. What I did remember of their set that night is very similar to the impression I get of this their ninth studio album. An endless, dreary, grey sludge... each song as interminably unmemorable as the previous. The melodicism and lightness of touch of classic albums like Bakesale have long gone in a kinetic blast of 'will this do'? indie rock.
A sweep of office opinions suggests I'm being slightly unfair. Sebadoh are firmly rooted in the workmanlike and so it would be remiss to expect too many surprises. Like later Guided By Voices albums this is just a batch of indie rock songs, some you'll like, some you won't. You take your chances. Like a lot of bands of their vintage, latter day Sebadoh spend a lot of time proving that they have the vigour and energy of a band half their age yet neglect coming up with actually good songs tp ensure that fairweather fans don't fall asleep at the 'this is from our new album' bits on their latest shows.
Long term fans will probably find plenty to enjoy here. I've found a similar situation with recent Dinosaur Jr albums -what I think is a pale impression of earlier triumphs is greeted by 'this is great' by those who love the band implicitly. It's a Sebadoh album. It does a job I guess.
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