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Uranus Review

by Andy Kellman

"Huh-uh, huh-huh. He said 'uranus.'" Shellac record number two is the band's brightest moment, featuring two sides of the band's most powerful, dynamic, furious, and in-the-pocket nastiness. The briskly paced "Wingwalker" (the band's "Kerosene") is lead by a simple, repetitive rhythm from Bob Weston and Todd Trainer, with Steve Albini's riveting, play-only-when-called-for accents. It tells the tail of a woman who can fly, like "a girl of the sky." Albini and Weston repeatedly yelp "I'm a plane! Look at me, I'm a plane!" Mesmerizing. In "Doris," a complicated and troubled woman creates bizarre happenings whenever her mouth opens. Fat men become ice skaters, cops speak honesty, dishes fall unbroken, politicians die. What would become the trademark Shellac crunch is alive again here, closing with all three members playing on a similar effective riff for over half a minute. As with a couple of the band's other singles, an insert providing detailed recording information is included, as well as fold-out packaging that isn't cumbersome after jiggering with the configuration.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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