¡Forward, Russia!, 'Life Processes' (Mute)

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Life Processes
Critical Mass
Label: mute

by Josh Modell

This deceptively named British band's second album revisits the terrific uproar of its debut only briefly before jumping headlong into more expansive, proggier territory. Both of ¡Forward, Russia!'s dramatic personae -- furious and brooding -- bleed convincingly dramatic desperation, whether they're imagining a sequel to At the Drive-In ("We Are Grey Matter") or giving an operatic twist to Bloc Party (the wiggly, infectious "A Prospector Can Dream"). Even the rafter-reaching sorta-ballads work: Bombastic closer "Spanish Triangles" takes almost nine minutes to reach a joyous choral conclusion.

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