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8/10 Tom Customer review, 22nd May 2018
The Evens' second album doesn't deviate from their debut in any way and this is a good thing. Comprised of former Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye on baritone guitar and vocals and his wife Amy Farina on drums and vocals, the Evens make surprisingly simple and melodic songs. The sparse arrangements give the songs both an intimacy and a sense of space as the two singers harmonise and play off one another. As is to be expected from the DC natives, there’s a political undercurrent to the lyrics, and MacKaye’s sloganeering game is as strong as ever (“everybody knows you are a liar” is a great chorus by anyone’s standards and as relevant during Trump’s presidency as it was during George Bush’s when this was recorded).
At a push you could say that the Evens sound like the direction Fugazi might have continued in after the Argument, but it’s best to just enjoy the Evens on their own terms.
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