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Shaky Dream

Dinosaur Bones

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On Dinosaur Bones’ sophomore album, Shaky Dream, the Canadian combo achieves an impressive balance of technical mastery and underlying emotional tension, resulting in songs that hint at obsessive fires under steely surfaces. Shaky Dream’s music unreels with steady precision, letting darkly atmospheric flights emerge over quietly relentless rhythms. Ben Fox’s angst-colored vocals bring out the unflinching content of his lyrics; at times he resembles Ian Curtis in his ability to plumb the depths of alienation and need. Tunes like “Spins in Circles,” “Go Free,” and “Pacifist in Camouflage” are both inviting and disquieting, laced with hypnotic textures that blend minimalist motifs with psychedelic embroidery. There are flashes of prog-rock grandeur in “Nothing Left Between the Lines” and “End of Life Crisis,” contrasting with the humbler but no less compelling charms of folk-pop numbers like “Go Free” and “Don’t Decide.” Special praise is due bassist Branko Scekic and drummer Lucas Fredette, who ground the tracks in clean, inescapable grooves.

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