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Released: 26.02.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supergroup’ TMVF’s third long-player was recorded over six years and three States, and in many ways it shows. Some standouts, like the high-tempo Sonic Youth-meets-Beach Boys 60 second blast of Betty Ford James and the distortion-soaked The Daily Biscuit, are not enough to rescue an album too bogged down by its lack of direction.

Opener MC Modern treads water with its Michael Stipe-at-his-most-dour-esque vocal before making an almighty splash, all wailing guitars and furious drums before retreating back into tepid waters, where it remains for much of the record. After You is a nice urgently melancholic pop song, but for the most part this is just a back-and-forth ferry when what you ideally want is a speedboat.

 

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