collating bones (signifier) wrote,
collating bones

Blues Explosion: Damage

God DAMN. I loved this band--my cat is half named after them--but EVERYTHING is wrong with this record. Creak creak creak. They're as loud and strong as ever, individually, but the hive-mind effect of their good records has totally evaporated. And Jon Spencer should never, ever try to sing anything like a ballad. Too many producers, not enough songs, really not enough grooves, no fun, no sense of their own ridiculousness and definitely no glory in it. The DJ Shadow/James Chance track--well, that one gets another try. But ouch.
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