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Blonde Redhead, Barragan (Asawa Kuru LLC)
CD Reviews: September 25, 2014

09/25/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Blonde Redhead, Barragán (Asawa Kuru LLC)

This New York trio is on its ninth album, and probably third or fourth metamorphosis.  It began life as a noise rock outfit, dousing your average everyday no-wave amateurism with a touch of Mingus that sprang from jazz studies at school (in Boston, though it’s a mystery whether they were at Berklee or someplace else), then toned it down to shoegaze chill in 2004 for the Misery is a Butterfly LP and even more so for the more commercially successful 23 in 2007. Barragán is an MTV Unplugged version of the band’s chemical makeup, opening with “The One I Love,” an angular Asian guitar line rowing beneath Kazu Makino’s waifish detached soprano, eventually fading with some lightly banging noises in order that the proceeding tune, “No More Honey,” can make perfect sense, with its spacey acid-riff-rock chorus. “Mine to Be Had” filibusters with gently compelling noise for a good couple of minutes before allowing drummer Simone Pace’s unusually mild, Strokes-like vocals to drift in; “Penultimo” comes off like an Addams Family notion of hiphop. Lots of good Corinne Bailey Rae-vs-Kraftwerk-flavored stuff to explore here. B+ Eric W. Saeger 

 






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