Best of Luck

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

On Condo's third album, its "post-punk pop" (as a promotional sticker puts it) is expressed in echoes of some of the New York new wave bands of the 1970s, as the stinging guitar of Ryan McNeil, crossed with the shimmering keyboards of Mary Ann Paredes, recalls the twin-guitar attack of Television, and James Roe's adenoidal vocals sometimes resemble those of Richard Hell. But Condo is never as atonal or out of control as those antecedents, which is why they can be called both post-punk and pop. The band's dense arrangements are carefully structured to maintain a propulsive urgency and to support Roe's lyrical sentiments, which trace the challenges of interpersonal relationships but come down on the side of commitment. ("I'll take humiliation over regret," he concludes in the final song, "Suburban Symphony.") Condo is a talented outfit that seems to be just coming into its own, which makes Best of Luck a stimulating listen.

blue highlight denotes track pick