Antietam, 'Opus Mixtum' (Carrot Top)

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Opus Mixtum
Critical Mass
Label: Carrot Top

by Jon Young

Now in their third decade, this Kentucky-spawned, New York–based trio could pass for a bunch of eager newcomers who can't decide what kind of band they want to be when they grow up.Although the two-disc, 26-track Opus Mixtum lacks focus, the sprawl of ideas is dazzling: tensely elegant rockers ("Pennants and Flags"), mesmerizing free-form instrumentals (the nine-minute "Tierra del Fuego"), psychedelic-funk fusion ("King Me"), and good old-fashioned punk aggression ("You/I"). As always, Tara Key's husky, offhand vocals and inventive yet precise guitar embody hip charisma, generating heat without straining for effect.

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