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Released: 12.08.16




The latest offering from John Dwyer’s garage outfit Thee Oh Sees still manages to flow effortlessly, despite its linguistically-addled title.

There’s pleasing musical variation in this album but, of course, the adrenaline-filled rollercoasters of songs they’re synonymous with still feature – see Plastic Plant and Gelatinous Cube as prime examples.

Even the album’s more down-tempo moments fail to feel as though they are chugging along aimlessly; the lyrically-lacking Unwrap The Fiend Pt.2 still feels as though it’s drifting towards something more menacing, as does the string-dabbled Crawl Out From The Fall Out, before final song The Axis, complete with organs and ballad-worthy guitar, seems like the band’s attempt at a love song – if it weren’t for the juxtaposing lyrics.

Oh well, can’t win them all.


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