ILLUSTRATED, THE: Alphabaggage: CD

Sometimes execution of the whole trumps execution of the parts, and this is the case here. While the individual songs may not be quite be of mind-blowing caliber, the fact that these guys cherry pick from a buncha different trees—one minute they’re thumpin’ some quasi-tribal hardcore type stuff, the next they’re strip-mining delta blues, and the next it’s some sorta arty soundscapes that could’ve easily been Godspeed You Black Emperor outtakes—and are smart enough to not be pretentious about it, make this one mighty interesting listen. Can’t say I dug everything here, but I’m mighty grateful they opted to put some thought into what they were doing rather than aping NOFX or whoever’s hot shit this week.

 –jimmy (Livid)