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Don Caballero


Post Rock/Math rock

3.65 | 50 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Following their incredible second album was going to be a rather difficult task for DC, and the least we can say is that at least they tried not to make too much a carbon copy of 2. While DC's music manages to remain edgy and nihilist, WBNR is less industrial (except for Desk Of Elsewhere Go) and dronal, which makes less impressive and exciting than its predecessor.

Again DC's sound is mostly centred on Damon Che's demonic drumming, while the duo of guitarists are less inspired this time around and the bassist is slightly more audible. So we are faced with a bunch (eight in all) tracks that do not grab you by the throat the way it had happened before. The real sense of urgency is not quite as crucial here, we are just not really living this album, and we're just being submitted to it, content to follow it a bit sluggishly as if we are completely brainwashed, but also saturated. The magic simply does not operate.

Definitely not as good/excellent as their previous album, WBNR nevertheless remains an interesting album if you enjoy this math-rock thing; one of its main assets is being roughly 10 minutes shorter than their masterpiece. Their second best with their latest WCLP, but a far cry from their crowning achievement.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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