The likely lads return with their first album in 11 years, but is it a Libs classic?
Their cracked leftfield guitar rock is inherently worthy, often very good...
Still, should the verdict condemn AC Acoustics 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.
AC Acoustics 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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