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Superchunk, I Hate Music
(Merge Records)

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/22/2013 - This stubbornly indie Chapel Hill, N.C., band would seem living proof that the 1980s Boston rock scene was ahead of its time, and not just because they sound like, well, every single minimally talented four-piece of the period. Being that it’s the same upfront tandem of Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance (who won’t be touring anymore due to hyperacusis) for this album as when the band first surfaced in 1989, the meat of the potato here is completely unchanged, even if this LP could be considered its best (I doubt crook-leg purists will think that, but some of the guitar solos here do rule). This all boils down to a plate of Pixies vs. whoever, which fits, being that Superchunk may be N.C.’s best Pixies attempt. “Overflows” might make you think of The Who, later clarified by “Me & You & Jackie Mitoo”’s Kinks-ified emo-ish babbling. In “Void,” they build a better, more nimble Trail of Dead, then move to flat-out teeth-on-the-floor Black Flag-punk on “Stay At Home.” Homework has been done, no doubt; either that or they’ve surrendered to the elevator music that’s haunted their lives. “Breaking Down” reads like Decemberists after listening to a bunch of Foghat records, and meanwhile “Out if the Sun” is almost an accidental joke cover of Eddie Money’s “Baby Hold On.” B






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