The All Golden

A Long Good Friday

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The All Golden compose a gauzy beauty on their debut album A Long Good Friday. It's less conventional than typical Brit-pop while commanding a fierce indie-rock intellect with massive instrumentation, for the band is American. The post-punk swirls of "Your Bad Wires" are brusque and tantalizing while elevating the album's layered electronic wizardry on songs such as "Message to Bernie" and "Tom Collins (Genius Isn't a Mixed Drink." Wispy percussion and hushing organs sweep over "Smoking's the Last Sin" for something shadowy and romantic whereas "Velikovsky" is brisk with sleigh bells and spacey organs. The sharpened edges of "Land of Lincoln" showcase how intricate Chris Sheehan and Scott Bennett truly are as songwriters and sound sculptors. A Long Good Friday is fixed in pop music, however it's a misty scene reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, The Boo Radleys, and The Flaming Lips.

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