Dude Incredible (CD)


Shellac

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Amoeba Review

09/15/2014

Steve Albini’s great minimalist rock band Shellac is back with their first new album in seven years (and only sixth overall). Albini, the patron saint of indie rock dudes who fronted Big Black and has recorded everyone from Nirvana to Cloud Nothings, and Shellac let loose a bit on Dude Incredible. The title track has the feel of applying tape to one’s knuckles as Albini’s ultra crisp guitar snakes over Bob Weston’s sinewy bassline, while drummer Todd Trainer keeps things steady until the song’s wild middle section (which sees Albini describe some kind of street battle). “Compliant’s” slow-rolling menace unveils one of the band’s most thrilling climaxes within a three-and-a-half minute song. Dude Incredble’s “song about fucking,” “You Came in Me,” gets its rocks off in just two minutes, speaking to this album’s economy. The leanness of Dude Incredible could irk some fans of Shellac’s more expansive, knottier songs of yesteryear, but with a paucity of any new Shellac at all, most fans should get a kick out of songs like “All the Surveyors,” starting with a chant of “fuck the king!” and slowly carving stop-start dynamics out of empty space and ending with the sound of cawing and what we can guess is a figurative beheading. Likewise, closer “Surveyor” is an easy highlight, which sees the band tightening the wrench on a taut, no-bullshit groover. Shellac remains adept at giving us just enough on Dude Incredible, leaving us energized and hungry for more.   



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dude Incredible
Shellac
2.
Compliant
Shellac
3.
You Came In Me
Shellac
4.
Riding Bikes
Shellac
5.
All the Surveyors
Shellac
6.
The People's Microphone
Shellac
7.
Gary
Shellac
8.
Mayor / Surveyor
Shellac
9.
Surveyor
Shellac

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