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Album review: Bare Mutants’ 'The Affliction'

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Bare Mutants – The Affliction
In the Red Records
★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Stacked with members of Mannequin Men and the 1900s, this Chicago supergroup is the new vehicle for Ponys frontman Jered Gummere, and their druggy debut LP lives in the golden, perpetual comedown of Stoned and Dethroned. It’s a hazy, sun-baked world of fuzz and echo, where slow-burning songs rock with heavy steps and half-lids. Sometimes it’s wandering and cute to its detriment. But when the embers rise into a tall, overdriven pyre of burnout majesty (“Without You,” “Crying With Bob,” “Inside My Head,” “Devotion” and “Treason #2”), they nail it. In palette and template, it’s by-the-numbers. But it’s rendered with loving faithfulness.

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