One of the many bands to splinter off from June of 44, the Boom focused on a tough brew of country, jazz, and loping, indignant indie rock. Movin' Out, their debut, established the band's liking of the live sound. Cracking basslines were distinct and emphasized, but improvisational and flecked with dirt. Josh Larue's trombone and Carlo Cennamo's saxophone battled for supremacy while remaining aware of their environment, always keeping within the boundaries of the song so as not to spiral off into a pastiche of late-'50s free jazz. Though Slint playing Coltrane may have looked better on paper than what the Boom ultimately offered, there were few wincingly bad tracks, which said a lot considering the difficulty of the chosen material.
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AllMusic Review by Dean Carlson