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Album Review: HTRK – ‘Work (Work, Work)

HTRK'S music isn't as depressing as their lyrics about eating hearts

Though HTRK’s second full-length proper was completed shortly after the tragic death of founding member Sean Stewart last year, its bleak soundscapes were imagined between 2006 and 2010. Continuing a penchant for darkness established on 2009’s ‘Marry Me Tonight’, ‘Work (Work, Work)’ is probably as grim a sounding record as you’re likely to hear. The sparse, nauseous swirls of ‘Love Triangle’ make ‘Kid A’ sound like an album totally in love with the world, while ‘Slo Glo’ is The xx brutalising Trent Reznor; lyrically, subject matter includes poison, electrocution, bullets, eating hearts, and smothering. Not the feel-good hit of the summer, then.

Rob Webb
6 / 10

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