Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
Breeders : Dublin Ambassador Theatre
...a bumblingly elegant, fantastically imperfect and impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off spectacle...
But in a world where rock's gone back to basics and Breeders has a personal audience with the Queen, Breeders actually make more sense than they did a decade ago. It's angular, ambitious, shambolic - and we're totally glued.
Arriving on stage, beers in hand, fags stuck to their bottom lips, the Deals look like the musical equivalent of blue-collar sitcom sisters Jackie and Roseanne Harris. Older material from 1990's compelling 'Pod', 1993's fizzing 'Last Splash' (including an infinitely fucked up, microphone gnawing take on notorious odd-pop hit, 'Cannonball') and between song banter throws sparkle onto what's otherwise a dark place to be. Newies like 'Little Fury' and 'Off You' manage to be both ambitious and compelling.
It makes for a bumblingly elegant, fantastically imperfect and impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off spectacle. Kylie's comeback might've involved baring ass, but Kelley and Kim's is just about kicking it.
The Cavan teenagers attack album two with abandon, largely at the expense of quality
A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album