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Still, should the verdict condemn [a]AC Acoustics[/a] to oblivion, they're not going down without a fight. At times 'Understanding Music' is a marvellous third album, one which smashes the limited boundaries of its particular genre. Paul Campion's voice, more than ever before, exhibits a richness that's tuned in to his band's expanded field of vision; coal-black and romantic on 'Chinese Summer', frail and tempered during 'Arcane Action Man', suitably hazed for 'Supercup''s Dinosaur Jr impersonation.
But 'She Kills For Kicks' is the real revelation: grand and anthemic as 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', and deserving of comparable sales. It won't though, largely because of their insistence on releasing guff like 'Crush' as singles.
[a]AC Acoustics[/a] have benefited from the patronage of Placebo (all of whom guest on the album), but Brian Molko really ought to be making these swaggering, guitar-mangled delights himself. Held down only by its reluctance to make that brave leap into the experimental abyss, this is nevertheless a reliably swelling
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