Gang Gang Dance, 'St. Dymphna' (The Social Registry)

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St. Dymphna
Critical Mass
Label: The Social Registry

by SPIN Staff

Naming their second album for the patron saint of unstable outsiders and epileptics, Gang Gang Dance claim their fidgety place on the furthest realms of New York City rock, blasting through artgalleries and infusing their spasmodic racket with relentless dance grooves. At times, their follow-up to 2005's God's Money frets too much about beat-matching various instrumentals, and the appearance of grime MC Tinchy Stryder on "Princes" underwhelms. But when the band wraps itself around singer Lizzie Bougatsos' singular shrieks, they ascend to vertiginous heights on "Holy Communion" and "Dust Storm," creatingsomething truly transformative.

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