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WORLD CLASS LISTENING PROBLEM

Don Caballero

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.80 | 40 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really

I'm not sure that if I were a DC member, I would've taken the chance to call my latest album such a risqué name, because it might just be often taken at face value with their typically obtuse type of math-rock. Of course, I'm sure there is an inside joke to it, but it will probably be lost on most of us, which could well be their ultimate goal. Then again, the title is intriguing enough to raise a few eyebrow raisings and hope to arise interests enough to give them a second or third hearing. By now, Damian Ché is the only original member, but this does not really seem to affect the group's sound that much, compared to its debuts.

Ten weirdly-named, senseless tracks that have a gentler edge than the previous chaotic maelstrom that made their "fame", the twin-barrel guitar attack is still powered by the diesel-powered truck motor of Damian Ché, with rarely-heard bassist Jouver as the spare wheel of this four-man formation. I even detect some of the typical post-rock ambiances on Railroad Cancellation, even if they get the DC treatment. In other places you might catch some (usual) Crimson influences and some Red Hot Chilli Pepper or Rage Against The Machine-type of rhythms, but more complex.

Not their best album, for sure, but WCLP is a very worthy album (and certainly so much more than the previous two albums, IMHO) that could actually serve as an introduction, precisely because it is less chaotic and aggressive than its predecessors. But I was never really that much a fan, and most likely will never really be one, either.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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