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Blonde Redhead 23

Blonde Redhead's sharp, blustery noise rock used to get compared to early Sonic Youth, but it would require mental gymnastics to make that leap with the band's latest, 23, a collection of baroque, atmospheric rock songs that even boasts a Beatles-esque French horn solo. Continuing the metamorphosis of Misery Is a Butterfly, Kazu and the Pace twins add shoegaze-y lushness to their dark ambiance, incorporating more soaring vocals and churning guitar. Admirable, but too often the drums lock into a rhythm and the songs slip into placid grooves that cry out for some punk adrenaline.

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