Comet Gain, 'Howl of the Lonely Crowd' (What's Your Rupture?)

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Howl of the Lonely Crowd
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Label: What's Your Rupture?

by Josh Modell

Comet Gain, your favorite indie band's favorite U.K. indie band, have toiled obscurely for nearly 20 years, and their sixth album (coproduced by Edwyn Collins) rests restlessly on the continuum of snottily sincere, punk-inspired English pop somewhere between the Fall and Los Campesinos! This kind of ramshackle songwriting immediately sounds of a certain vintage, which can net a poignant, tragic-romantic classic ("The Weekend Dreams"), but occasionally overreaches (the spoken-word "A Memorial for Nobody I Know"). Even if you download this, squint and you'll swear it's a bunch of long-lost, late-'80s/early-'90s seven-inches.

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