ALBUM REVIEW: Algiers – There Is No Year | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Algiers make a very welcome return with their third long-player; There Is No Year.

Produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth) and Ben Greenberg (Zs, Uniform), the album successfully builds on the heavy gothic soul soundscapes of their previous two records to deliver an impeccably crafted and decidedly filmic set that is outwardly political, emotionally intimate and defiantly dense.

Without question their most determined record to date, Dispossession, Nothing Bloomed, Chaka and the title track are particular highlights of a very accomplished album indeed. The lyrics, sourced entirely from one poem, Misophonia, written by front-man Franklin James Fisher, add a unifying narrative to proceedings, allowing the genre-defying musical experimentation beneath to simply soar. Musically resolute and sonically confrontational throughout, Algiers have seriously raised the bar with There Is No Year.

 

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