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AMERICAN DON

Don Caballero

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.94 | 88 ratings

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Neurotarkus
4 stars Don Cab has attracted the label of math rock very often, and that isn't too surprising- though it's more prevalent on their earlier stuff, American Don is a good helping of dizzying and unconventional time signatures. Despite the fact that it's certainly one of the main points of Don Cab's style, it is not the structure that impresses me so much about this album, but the way they play their instruments. Like always, Damon Che's drumming is idiosyncratic and jittery, always moving from one direction to another. However, the most impressive aspect of the music is the layered guitars that hop aroundover the drums, which actually earn Don Cab a label that I haven't heard applied to them often- beautiful. I must say that the guitar parts around the end of Iceman and all of the Peter Criss Jazz are nothing short of outstanding. My personal favorite from this album is, in fact, the aforementioned ten-minute song, because it's really something I have not heard before- Don Cab combines their so-called math rock style with serious jazz leanings. Three layers of guitar- quick, eccentric, and rapidly strummed; almost random, detached notes; and a quiet underlying guitar line- combine with the superb drumming to make a truly epic song that alone makes this record worth buying. American Don is a unique and engaging record from a talented band, and deserves four stars.
Neurotarkus | 4/5 |

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