Robbers on High Street, 'Grand Animals' (Scratchie/ New Line)

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Grand Animals
Critical Mass
Label: Scratchie/ New Line

by Rob O'connor

This New York band still use the staccato guitar rhythms that made their debut album, Tree City, such a jagged wrecking machine. But here, that tight, compressed punch is augmented by subtle orchestrations whose airy ambience hints at the chameleon funk of David Bowie and the dance-floor minimalism of early B-52's. Piano fuels both Ben Folds–style lightweight pop ("Across Your Knee") and sentimental balladry ("The Ramp"), while on "Guard at Your Heel," a horn section shifts Robbers in a Tin Pan Alley direction that's reminiscent of the society-observing Kinks of the mid-'60s.

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