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quick take : parts & labor : constant future

25 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Parts & Labor have always had this push-pull thing: enticing listeners with catchy melodies and repulsing them (at least the unadventurous ones*) with screechy, hissy, treble overdrive. (Key listening game with P&L: is that noise made by a guitar or a keyboard?) Constant Future ramps up the pop quotient a bunch and tames the noise just a little; it’s easily their most accessible record, and, much as I love the trapped-in-a-factory clamor of Stay Afraid, it may well be their strongest. I also hear a touch more psych this time around (”Rest” and “Skin and Bones” in particular sound almost Elf Power-ful; maybe it’s the way the toms define the pulses of those songs).
*I still think Les Savy Fav “Pots & Pans,” which starts, “There was a band/Called the Pots & Pans/They made this noise/That people couldn’t stand,” is a love letter to Parts & Labor

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