Eleventh Dream Day, 'Riot Now!' (Thrill Jockey)

Riot Now!
Critical Mass
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Label: Thrill Jockey

by David Menconi

With its members doing time in Tortoise and Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day have been a part-time proposition for most of the past decade. But all hands sound fully engaged on their first album since 2006, which opens and closes with glorious echoes of X's overdriven guitars and yowling male-female harmonies. Riot Now! also nods to Neil Young's droog-rock primitivism, pairing waves upon waves of guitar skronk with desperate declarativecommands: "It's time to cut the damned tree down!" Start swinging.

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