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Album Review

!!! could be lumped in with the other new wave dance-punk revivalists like the Rapture or Radio 4. That would be easy enough, as they all share an allegiance to the punky funk sounds of the '80s as pioneered by groups like Gang of Four, the Pop Group, Talking Heads, and others. Rather than merely lumping them in, maybe one could say they are leading the pack. Louden Up Now is easily the best record to come out of the movement; its ten tracks are filled with fervor, hooks, passion, and power. And unlike many of their peers, !!! have politics. Angry, righteous politics. Antiwar, anti-Giuliani, anti-Bush and Blair, and proud of it. It is like a blast of fresh retro air to have a band not just updating the sound but carrying over similar ideals as well. That being said, this is still a dance album. All the grooves are designed to get you moving; the funky basslines, stuttering drums, flashing percussion, and chattering guitars combine to be solid indie dancefloor material. The vocals don't get in the way of the groove; even at their spikiest, they are built into the overall sound. On "Dear Can," they are even kind of sexy. The best track is the previously issued track "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)," but all the rest are right near it in quality. "Hello? Is This Thing On?" and the two-part epic "S**t Scheisse M***e" give it a run. Louden Up Now is a modern-day agit-pop indie dance-rock classic. If that is too narrow a slot to jam it into, then call it a modern-day indie rock classic. Or just a classic. The album also comes with an edited-for-language bonus "clean" disc. It would have been far more entertaining to have a bonus dub or just instrumental disc. At least this way they can sell records at Wal-Mart.

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This I consider was the best album. Very indie alternative . Makes your angry and happy at the same time. Love this album . The songs have so much meaning

!!!'s Best Album

Stop reading this and buy it already!!! This is certainly !!!'s finest album. And one of the best albums I've ever heard. You can't be disappointed. Best $9.99 you could ever dream of spending on an album. Buy it!!!

Best !!! album. One of the best albums ever.

I really hoped this album would spawn an army of copycats. Still hoping... I love this entire album so much.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

!!!, which can be pronounced by repeating any one-syllable percussive sound three times (e.g., "chk chk chk"), formed in 1996 after the demise of the Yah Mos; while on tour, members of that post-hardcore act envisioned forming a band oriented toward danceable music, and once they returned to their native Sacramento, California, they turned the concept into an actual group. The band quickly became an eight-member ensemble: Nic Offer on vocals, Mario Andreoni on guitar, Justin van der Volgen...
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