White Denim, 'D' (Downtown)

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D
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Downtown

by Josh Modell

These Austin multihyphenates can't -- or won't -- decide what kind of music they want to play, which would be a huge problem if they weren't so damn capable. They show off prog chops and execute time-signature jumping jacks ("Anvil Everything"), explore the uncharted intersection of boogie-woogie and Radiohead's most outré moments ("Burnished"), then downshift into a sweet, simple ballad ("Street Joy"). Expect whiplash of the most intriguing, enjoyable kind, like your iPod jumping to a new album every other track.

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