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Kinski Down Below It's Chaos

This Seattle outfit's last album, Alpine Static, was an aptly named fuzzy maelstrom. Here Kinski recovers its lost melodies, but that's not to say the epic guitar anthems are gone; "Boy, Was I Mad!" is a colossus built of riffage and distorted sustain. Still, the smoking four-piece has gone conventional in its weaponry; "Crybaby Blowout" is a tidy head-banger that could make the radio, which is seriously saying something for this band. And the addition of axe man Chris Martin's vocals on tracks like the dirty, groovy "Passwords and Alcohol" and "Dayroom at Narita Int'l" put the band firmly in the corner of Geffen-era Sonic Youth. Chaos never sounded so clean.

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