The Historically Troubled Third Album

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Brainy, tightly coiled, Steve Albini-recorded Midwest post-hardcore -- abrupt tempo shifts, alternately brutalist and gentle rhythms, downer chords inspired by Danzig and AC/DC as much as Sonic Youth, the works -- with tuneless vocals full of deadpan humor, inside jokes, and wisecracks (when they can be made out, at least). To put it another way, the band sounded like Hum, only with the dreaminess replaced with itchiness. The title was prophetic -- the band did not make a fourth album.

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