The Washington DC four-piece return with their first full-length album in 12 years, with echoes of their past greatness.

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The Dismemberment Plan - 'Uncanney Valley'

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The Dismemberment Plan – ‘Uncanney Valley’

Between 1993 and 2003, The Dismember-ment Plan were one of America’s most experimental, idiosyncratic indie bands. They reformed in 2010, and this is the Washington DC four-piece’s first full-length album in 12 years. Thankfully, there are echoes of their past greatness here, notably in the tense urgency of ‘Mexico City Christmas’ and the semi-spoken odd-pop of ‘Invisible’. ‘White Collar White Trash’ and ‘Living In Song’ also brim with the band’s trademark humour and quirky musicality. But the country pastiche of ‘Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer’ and the sanitised stomp of ‘Go And Get It’ sound tired. It’s fun, but not the comeback it could have been.

Mischa Pearlman

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Record label:Partisan
Release date:11 Oct, 2013