Album Review: Frog Eyes - 'Paul's Tomb: A Triumph' (Dead Oceans)
A furiously lobbed Molotov cocktail of well-read rock
Unlike the last simpering effort by his Canuck collective [b]Swan Lake[/b], [b]Carey Mercer[/b]’s fifth album as [b]Frog Eyes[/b] is a furiously lobbed Molotov cocktail of well-read rock – a volatile brew of uneasy drama and emotion from a band that, on this showing, should always record live. To partner the earnest and psych-gothic style in which Carey writes, [b]Frog Eyes[/b] deliver the only noise acceptable: howling voices, waves of super-fuzz, swirling riffs that are always tantalisingly out of grasp and the wild guttural sound of [b]Tom Waits[/b], [b]Scott Walker[/b] or [b]The National[/b] when they still had a pair.
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