Times New Viking, 'Dancer Equired' (Merge)

Dancer Enquired
Critical Mass
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Label: Merge

by Chris Martins

Taking to a proper studio for the first time in five albums, this notoriously hissy Ohio garage gang create their most accessible work yet: 14 melody-thick doses of rock candy crammed into just 30 lightly fuzzed minutes. Without their trademark willful tinniness, it's all easy to embrace, from the pretty and poppy ("No Room to Live") to the arty and odd ("Try Harder") to the upbeat and thrashing ("Fuck Her Tears"). Among those still cranking out shambolic odes to the suburban bored, these reformed shitgazers rule.

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