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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 23rd November 2014
If you didn’t know before, the second you put “Goat” on, you will know it was produced by Steve Albini. On “Here Comes Dudley” the bass, the drums, the vocals low in the mix are all signs of classic Albini production.
The initial impression of this album is that it sounds like Shellac, although it did come out three years prior to “At Action Park” and there are looser elements the playing. Guitarist Duane Denison seems to have more in common with Joey Santiago when playing wandering lead lines and his rhythm playing on songs like “Mouth Breather” is slacker than Albini’s slicing, measured and precise approach.
“Monkey Trick” has a cathartic quality to it with singer David Yow’s screams and angry growl. On “Karpis” Yow sounds like a less convulsive Jon Spencer. Overall, I get the same energised feeling that I do from Shellac’s visceral rock. I seem to have mentioned Shellac and Steve Albini a lot in a review that is actually for the Jesus Lizard, but Albini has played a big part in the final outcome of this record, but that’s to the album’s benefit.
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