Blonde Redhead 23

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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.