- SPIN Rating:8 of 10
Label: Rough Trade
While too many indie girl groups seem content to rebuild the Wall of Sound brick by brick, this Los Angeles quartet dedicate their hypnotic harmonies and guitars to a different cause: the House of Ian Curtis. The Fool is built on Joy Division's post-punk low end, moody chords, droning vocals, and doomy lyrics, but it's more than a tribute. "Set Your Arms Down" and "Warpaint" display the delicate angularity of Blonde Redhead plus a freewheeling psychedelia, not to mention the sticky sadnessof singer Emily Kokal, whose intimacy is the perfect foil to the band's expansive sound.