Turn the Lights Out

Turn the Lights Out
Label: Matador
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Turn the Lights Out
This latest dozen finds the under-the-radar Chicago band taking a step forward in the craftsmanship of their songs. Bridging the high-wire tension of early Echo & the Bunnymen and the thick dope-buzz of the Jesus and Mary Chain, their fat, electrified sound still remains, its sexy sine curves undulating throughout the record. But their bracing alloy of noisy post-punk and '60s pop now gleams with more finesse and dimension. Specifically, the melodies ring with a notably higher degree of diversity and sophistication. The cavernous '1209 Seminaryâ?� would've been at home on the Rosebuds' Birds Make Good Neighbors, the driving 'Poser Psychoticâ?� pulses with a Secret Machines'like persistence, and the narcotic torpor of 'Shineâ?� and 'Kingdom of Heartsâ?� comes straight out of JAMC's Stoned & Dethroned. This more-developed melodic sense moves their brawny music along with greater agility. Ultimately, the heightened maturity herein lends the album longer shelf-life, luckily without losing the jet-fueled edge that's always made them exhilarating.


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