Forensics Brothers and Sisters!

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Christiansen's first album after transplanting themselves to Revelation Records is a brief, six-song EP that fully captures their avant-garde independent rock style. Although the group sound like an indie rock At the Drive-In, they are decidedly more abstract, if such a thing could be possible. By and large, Forensics Brothers and Sisters! is the best Christiansen album to date, finding the band more explosive and unpredictable than ever before. The tongue-in-cheek humor of these four men is noticeable in the very track titles that make up the album, as "Jhazz Never Spelled So Good" deserves a nod as wittiest song title of 2002; yet when it comes to the group's music, it is strictly business. The artsy element of Christiansen should be welcomed with open arms from indie rock purists who champion Garrison and Sparta as modern day heroes -- yet let it be known At the Drive-In did have a better grasp of the style during their tenure. Forensics Brothers and Sisters! deserves attention as being a daring album that proves that there is still immense talent lurking just beneath the smooth surface that is the underground rock scene.

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