MUCH WORSE: Chronic Instigation: LP

Second LP from this Minneapolis band. I did not hear their previous record, so I’m flying a little blind here. A lot of it reminds me of a lot of Double Negative—and in some ways Brown Sugar (but the vocalist sounds just like the vocalist from Positive Reinforcement)—but with a lot more wank in the guitar. The recording is crisp and appropriately heavy, and the musicians are clearly competent, but the problem with this record is that the songs follow no discernable path. I found myself zoning out whenever I tried to follow a song. By the end of the first side, I was left sort of just wondering what it is they are trying to do. Unfortunately, the second side offers no answers

 –Ian Wise (25 Diamonds,