Blonde Redhead, '23' (4AD)

Critical Mass
Label: 4AD

by Joe Gross

Cranking up the synths and dialing down the tension, this New York Sicilian-Japanese post-punk trio continues its slow-burn, 14-year procession away from harsh guitar atmospherics to mere atmosphere. While a goopy, space-rock mix can't quite dampen the title track's propulsive thrum, ultimately the song says "car ad" more than "star voyage." Kazu Makino's wood-sprite voice still shimmers, but Amedeo Pace's wailing, overemotive tenor invites the mess of Blonde Radiohead jokes the band will inevitably receive.

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