Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Music Tuesday

Posted By on February 15, 2011, 4:41 PM

This week's releases made me laugh, cry, and wonder at my own mortality.---

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PJ Harvey's Let England Shake is the singer/songwriter's anthem of love for her homeland.  The tracks generally tend toward a retro, folky sound but peppered with unpredictable layers and a few killer horn riffs. (This was the crying album, I'm a sucker for political tunes like "The Word that Maketh Murder.")
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The new album 100 Lovers from DeVotchKa, on the other hand, had a noticeably contemporary sound, likened to recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire. Toward the latter half of the album the band returns to a wild blend of Eastern European and Latin influences, with plenty of jaunty accordion and trumpet lines.

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Finally, Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is more or less what we've come to expect from the reluctant scions of post-rock. Intensely layered guitars, vocals more instrumental than lyrical and their drawn-out, spacey sound leaves one with the melancholy akin to that of watching the tide come in: it's epic and consistent and doesn't give a shit what you think.

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