Admittedly, The Fuse! are arty and pretentious, and normally I hate that, but if you bring on this much rock, I’m willing to forgive almost anything. At their best, The Fuse! remind me of The Cows, making noise sound better than noise should. The comparison ends there, though, because The Fuse! don’t stray from your basic song structures nearly as much as The Cows did. At their worst, The Fuse! sound like they’re trying to resurrect the MC 5, but they don’t slide into those moments too often, and you really can’t accuse them of being a knockoff or of chasing any trends. There’s a lot of room for originality left between The Cows and the MC 5, and The Fuse! are taking up that room. This is the kind of album that’ll make you turn it up until your speakers are blown out. Luckily, the way it was recorded makes this album sound like it’s playing through blown out speakers already. I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing, but I’m sure that this is an album that I’m listening to a lot these days.
–sean (In the Red)