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On IX, Home find a well-focused and frequently amazing setting for their combinations of bleepy instrumentals, scratchy pop songs, and Devo-esque vocals. The group's construction of melodies and instrumentation seem absolutely free and reckless, shooting into unfamiliar areas that always seem perfect within the context of the song. The album's sound ranges from bleeping digital tones to synth pianos to new wave guitar work. Home has arranged this sound into odd forms which don't seem to take cues from any established musical genre, but wind up sounding pop regardless. In the end, this sort of accessible idiosyncrasy makes for a pretty wonderful album, and thankfully, it marks much of Home's work.

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