Life Without Buildings

Is, Is and the IRS

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The A-side of Life Without Buildings' second single sounds the most like Altered Images to date, which has more to do with Sue Tompkins' voice than anything else. Like the AA-side, it doesn't go any particular place, thanks to her stream-of-consciousness singing that, if sung by anyone else (or, uh, Clare Grogan), would sound like the release of a festered ball of nerves. But Tompkins sounds too perky on both tracks to make for a tension release, similar to watching a young kid bounce from contraption to contraption on a playground. The pleasantly skipping accompaniment of her mates makes for another joyous jolt.

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