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Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon - 'Break Line'

Yeasayer vocalist Anand Wilder and friends birth bizarrely brillant modern rock opera

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  • Release Date 14 Jul, 2014
  • Record Label Mute
7 / 10
Conceived as a modern successor to the 70's rock opera, written by Anand Wilder of psych pop wizards Yeasayer and friend Maxwell Kardon and featuring members of Chairlift and Dirty Projectors among others, it's fair to say that 'Break Line' is not your everyday album. Loosely based around the US town of Greenbelt and the fictional loves and losses of its inhabitants, the result is a record that fully embraces the theatricality of its genre but falls just on the right side of ridiculous. 'They're Stealing Our Coal' is a harmony-laden Neil Young porch-side gem; 'Opportunity' goes from gangster 'baddie' stalk to a full-on gospel epic, while 'I'm To Blame' answers the question 'what would Radiohead: the Musical' sound like? The answer, bizarrely, is 'actually quite great'.

Lisa Wright

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