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Album Review

The second album by Nashville-to-Los Angeles transplants Duraluxe blends the chilly near-symphonic space rock of Spiritualized and their ilk with the warped, folk-inflected neo-psychedelia of the Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Mercury Rev while managing to avoid the clichés of both styles. The first track, "Shady Mess," opens with the kind of Krautrock-inspired soundscapes that My Bloody Valentine or Spacemen 3 specialized in, but then somehow transmogrifies into a clever, catchy pop song built on freaky-goosey organ parts and sheets of sound guitar akin to the lo-fi playfulness of the Olivia Tremor Control. The album continues to cycle between those two sets of influences, mostly sticking to the latter on garage-poppy tunes like the Pavement-influenced "Queen of Centerville" and the former on trippy sonic experiments like "Seeing Me" and "Jesus Will Supply Me." More produced and focused than their haphazard debut, Dolorosa shows what Duraluxe are capable of.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Duraluxe was formed when former Hoi Polloi member Troy Daugherty joined forces in 1997 with Chris Colbert, a Los Angeles native who had experience working as an engineer and producer. The two men began co-writing with the aid of a digital recorder and a drum machine that was more than three decades old. Daugherty and Colbert soon put together a recording studio, Dolorosa, and they recorded several tapes by 1998. They added more songs to their initial sessions recorded in Nashville, and headed north...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 24 August 1999

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