LES SAVY FAV: Root for Ruin: CD

The latest effort from New York City’s Les Savy Fav finds them now belonging to the club of musicians who keep making the same album, but damn if it isn’t a great album. Root for Ruin is eleven songs that are far superior to their adequate previous album, Let’s Stay Friends. While the band has usually been seen as belonging to the post-punk camp, their music has always had the ability to inspire some good ol’ booty shaking, allowing them to skirt the line with dance punk. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the sound on Root for Ruin is one of high energy and catchy lyrics, paralleling previous albums. It also continues to show the band polishing their sound. The production is clean without seeming commercial and the musicianship is tight. Root for Ruin doesn’t blow me away, but nothing disappoints, either. If you’re a fan of the band, you should definitely pick this up. I would find it highly unlikely you’ll be disappointed. And if you’re not familiar with Les Savy Fav, this is certainly a good place to start.

 –kurt (frenchkissrecords.com)