Les Savy Fav, 'Root for Ruin' (Frenchkiss)

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Root for Ruin
Critical Mass
Label: Frenchkiss

by Mike Powell

Thirteen years in, Les Savy Fav's brutish, anthemic post-punk is as consistent as a cardinal direction. Tim Harrington still barks his best puns, Seth Jabour builds guitar lines from pure shrapnel, and neither get too caught up in clever rhythmic turns (as evidenced by the rousing chorus of "Let's Get Out of Here"). Root for Ruin's dreamy ferocity is familiar, but the feeling of camaraderie keeps growing: "I need no greater proof," Harrington sings, "The proof of me is you" -- a line as likely intended for his bandmates as Les Savy's fans.

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