10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nineteen years into their career, Blonde Redhead haven't just seriously altered their own sound over the years; they’ve watched their audience grow up, with some replaced by newer fans at their shows. Anyone who remembers Blonde Redhead's early days recalls the constant comparisons to Sonic Youth; the listeners who hung in watched the band redefine their sound in the ‘00s with excellent albums such as Misery Is a Butterfly and 23. 2010’s Penny Sparkle divided audiences with its accessible pop sound, but Barragan should please fans from nearly all eras. Kazu Makino sings with gorgeous affection on “The One I Love” and with exquisite power throughout, while twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace provide a tension and beauty that’s pure art rock—and in some case Krautrock (“Mind to Be Had”). The trio’s ability to settle into minimalist and denser, abstract territories, largely guided by synths as opposed to guitars, has refreshed them to the point of pained ecstasy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nineteen years into their career, Blonde Redhead haven't just seriously altered their own sound over the years; they’ve watched their audience grow up, with some replaced by newer fans at their shows. Anyone who remembers Blonde Redhead's early days recalls the constant comparisons to Sonic Youth; the listeners who hung in watched the band redefine their sound in the ‘00s with excellent albums such as Misery Is a Butterfly and 23. 2010’s Penny Sparkle divided audiences with its accessible pop sound, but Barragan should please fans from nearly all eras. Kazu Makino sings with gorgeous affection on “The One I Love” and with exquisite power throughout, while twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace provide a tension and beauty that’s pure art rock—and in some case Krautrock (“Mind to Be Had”). The trio’s ability to settle into minimalist and denser, abstract territories, largely guided by synths as opposed to guitars, has refreshed them to the point of pained ecstasy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Foot Percussion ,

Listen!

It’s quiet. It’s haunting and subtle. It picks up where Penny Sparkle left off. It takes a few listens to take in. It reaches for something indescribable and ephemeral. Nothing on it sounds like the song that says “Allow me to show you the way which I I know you.” It’s my new favorite.

Eggy-Weggs ,

Disappointing

I loved “23” and I am sad that this just does not measure up to that at all. I respect an artist’s or band's desire to create work that they like, without regard to what an audience or fan base might like. I also admit that sometimes we need to hear a song or CD a few times to start to appreciate it; but frankly, this is just hard to listen to. And I was so looking forward to their new CD!

pool table jockey ,

fast becoming one of my favorite bands

Inventive and everchanging! The sound is different on every album and I unlike some, I thought Penny Sparkle was better than all of their other efforts put together. This one is every bit as good. Cat on a tin roof and dripping are the most entertaining early on, but Blonde Redhead needs to be listen too many times to totally appreciate the songs.

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