Payne's Grey

Pull It Down

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Pull It Down starts off dissonant, spiky, and grating -- in a bad way. On the first track, "The Ride," the heavy-handed electro-metal of Payne's Grey combines industrial textures and beats with sharp guitars, resulting in what New Order might have sounded like if it aspired to be an '80s hair band. The album does have its strong points, though. "Wet," for example, pairs Scott Walker vocals with a slippery, underworld ambience, and would make a great song by any goth standard. The duo's songwriting is not the problem, then; the inconsistencies of the album are a result of overly slick production and a penchant for the industrial. If, in the future, Payne's Grey can stick to its slow, moody compositions, filled with dark shades of grandeur, the band might just be able to make a formidable album in the vein of the Cure, the Sisters of Mercy, or Siouxsie & the Banshees.

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