MUSK: MUSK 2: The Second Skumming: LP

Ain’t nothing sophomoric about Musk’s second LP Musk 2: The Second Skumming. “The Hidden Cost” sets the tone of some weird, spooky acid carnival bass riffs, then gets straight into the searing trash of “Wet Brain” and “Raw Night” with Rob’s vocals a hot mess, just oozing with blissful sleaze. The full throb of “Or Your Life” gets blood spurting into a slow, knuckle-dragging “Hip Pain” and ends with a dirty rock’n’roll, Gun Club-feelin’ “Weathervane.” Side B has a serious drawl. Perhaps it’s the lingering hip pain (true story). Still, Musk continues to claw its dirty nails through “Word Ain’t Round” and “It’s Square.” Angular, fuzzed-out rock’n’roll riffs of “Catch & Release” will have you gleefully banging your head against the wall. It’s straight-up raw Pussy Galore trash garage done right! Eat up. –Camylle Reynolds (12XU)