It's Superchunk's first proper album in nine years, but can the purveyors of geek-rock keep on going?

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Album review: Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (Merge)

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Album review: Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (Merge)

College rock may be little more than a fond memory to most, but before [a]Weezer[/a] gave geeks a mainstream figurehead there were [a]Superchunk[/a], thrashing out lo-fi pop gems to anyone who would listen. Back with their first proper album in nine years, somehow they sound younger and hungrier than ever, thundering through these taut, vital songs at breakneck speed. ‘[b]Majesty Shredding[/b]’ – even the title sounds like some kind of student in-joke – makes zero concession to the 21st century, praise be. It’s an unassumingly great record that exists solely to celebrate the pleasures of making a gigantic, melodious racket.

[b]Tom Edwards[/b]

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