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7.6/10 Ignacio
 

MEMORIES ATTACK, THE - LP2 - CD - Noyes Records - 2008

review by: Ignacio Coluccio

LP2 is all kinds of wacky combinations, from a stoner Elliot Smith to Neutral Milk Hotel meets My Bloody Valentine's You Made Me Realize meets crystal-clear production, or even Nirvana meets We Are Scientists meets The Melvins. It'd be too simplistic, however, as LP2 is an umbrella of many, many different things that you can barely pinpoint. There are even really short noise segments scattered here and there.

The best thing about The Memories Attack is that, while they show many really obvious influences, they put them all equally in the blender until what comes out isn't really representative of any and, most importantly, everything comes out coherently. As in, songs are songs, the album's mixed but goes somewhere, and anything they do is convincing.

Probably the easiest comparison to do is Elliot Smith, since the vocalist's voice is pretty similar to the Either / Or Elliot Smith, plus some songs are fairly similar to the heavier ones on Either / Or (or even Pavement's or Pixies' more normal ones). That is, before adding polymeters to the mix, an OM-like riff and metal harmonies. Crazy stuff.

So LP2 is about taking what you're familiar with, twisting and turning it into something that's still accessible yet somehow outlandish. And it works beautifully so. It's not too pretentious about it, thankfully, so LP2 ends up being a really fun awesome full of quirky twists on genre cliches. (7.6/10)

 

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