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Blonde Redhead, at Koko, touring for ‘23’.

The new album hasn’t totally clicked yet for me. Pitchfork say 7.0 and I agree with that number and their reasoning. Other reviews use phrases like “Listen to 23 enough.” I’m looking forward to it rewarding my effort the same way as their previous albums.

I could have done with a few older songs and I could especially have done with less use of backing tracks. They’ve clearly got great live chops and there’s no shame in showing that off in its purest form.

Tiny Mix Tapes say “Blonde Redhead are like that mopey, distant girl who fascinates you more and more even as she edges slowly away, preferring her privacy over your constant company.” It’s a lovely turn of phrase, and maybe also commentary on the merits of turning in deconstructions of past relationships as album reviews.

Either way, there are hidden depths in there, and that common thread of hypnotic rhythm and cadence that runs through it all.

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