SPENCER MOODY AND THE ANZALONES: An Old Man Called Me Bud Cort: CS

The instruments are dialed back, but this EP finds Spencer Moody’s vocals as dark and coarse as they were during his time in Murder City Devils. Whether howling over the sludgy march of “Polish Handgun” or warbling and cracking just short of in-key in a cheeky rendition of “Bird on the Wire,” he stands at the emotional center of each song. The songs themselves are somewhat interchangeable—even the few that lean toward the lighter side are plodding and dirgelike. The Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave comparisons are probably inevitable. It’s all a little off-putting and bizarre, which had to have been the goal here, so… mission accomplished. –Indiana Laub (Let’s Pretend, [email protected], letspretendrecords.com)