Beak

Autoself Replication

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Beak's occasionally overdramatic approach to rock fairs decently on Autoself Replication -- jazz-oriented sax clashes with scraping post-punk guitars, with spoken vocals dropping in when appropriate, and this mixture provides some pretty interesting moments. Unfortunately, it also provides some pretty turgid ones, mainly when the vocals take a turn toward camp -- the record's most interesting constructions come when the stylistic dichotomy between the sax and guitar revs things up into a chugging wail, and this happens a little less than one might wish.