Evil Nine, 'They Live!' (Marine Parade)

Critical Mass

by David Peisner

Concept albums can be dicey, but this Brighton, England electro duo negotiate the terrain smartly, crafting the most appealing musical ode to zombies since Thriller. The Underworld­-ish "Feed on You" and horror­-movie march "How Do We Stop the Normals?" set the spooky tone amid ever­-present washes of minor­-key synths. But beats that throb, stomp, whip, and crack, plus a diverse parade of guest vocalists (underground MCs El­-P and Beans, cow­punk howler Emily Breeze, and Bernard Sumner doppelgänger David AutoKratz), steer the proceedings well away from the novelty bin.



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