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Album Review

McLusky Do Dallas is a monumental leap from the somewhat uneven My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours. Comparisons to the Pixies are still inevitable, but McLusky comes out of the closet as a group of extreme noise mongers here. Every bit as dynamic, thunderous, and accomplished as Relationship of Command, Come on Pilgrim, and Nevermind, the album is almost criminal in its continuous, joyous crunchy hooks and all-out sneer. If they were treading water a bit on their debut, they're now masters of sonic punch and, like the Pixies, they might just have producer Steve Albini to thank, as he mans the boards here with genius abandon. Every one of the album's 14 songs is a standout, and with only three of the songs going past the three-minute mark, the band makes its point, drives it home, and pulls out. It's a truly exhilarating listen across every one of its 34 smart, snarling, and loud minutes. The mad vocals of Andy Falkous make Black Francis look like a geeky school kid in comparison, as he rips into bizarre lyrical territory, screaming or whispering about being "naked from f*cking too much," torching restaurants, "cartoon monkeys," "going straight to hell," and having "crazy f*cking times, 'til our Visa card expired." Falkous acts like a mad maestro, conducting the maelstrom of fuzzy guitars that constantly swarm around his snide, sharp vocals. When he pauses midsong to announce "bring on the big guitars" or "my love is bigger than your love, sing it," he's onto something truly special and compelling. The band's sense of timing is stellar, and there's not a false note in sight, as each tempo change highlights a hook or an emotion to a T. "Gareth Brown Says" is a perfect example of McLusky's twisted charm, as Falkous sings, "All of your friends are c**ts, your mother is a ballpoint pen thief," and it immediately brings to mind Lydon's girl from Birmingham. The entire album captures the energy of Blur's "Song 2," only full of conviction, wit, and fury, and filters and rearranges it as if it's been performed by a mad hybrid of the Pixies, the Sex Pistols, Nirvana, the Jesus Lizard, and Joy Division. McLusky Do Dallas is a fascinating, addictive album that never grows old, never takes itself too seriously, and never grates despite its absolutely raging dynamics, and it's one of the best albums of 2002.

Customer Reviews

Pretty much changed my life

back when i was young and ignorant, i used to listen to the radio for new music. mclusky was one of the bands that helped open up a new world of indie/punk for me that 80% of america has never heard. if you like this, you'll like the pixies, jesus lizard, giddy motors, blood on the wall, nirvana, etc etc etc. buy it if you like high energy, catchy, rock.

Your mother is a ballpoint pen thief...

Freaked out frenetic cheeky madness. It will make you drive too fast. It will make you want to run with scissors. It is probably the best album you've never heard of. Absolutely brilliant. It is one of my favorites.

Amazingly good

I am a kinda an old fogey and a lot of the newer indie rock, post-alt rock, whatever punk rock, what you will call it music thats coming out gets on my nerves when compared to the older awesomness of bands that sounded like they were playing in the 70s, 80s and 90s because they were, instead of bands that are playing commericals and doing photo shoots... but enough of that tangent. What I am meaning to say is Do Dallas f^ck1n6 rules! Seriously, its some of the great frentic music played by bands that break up too soon and while truly kicking it out come out a bit too underappreciated. Really good abrasive guitar and overall jarring vibe. Get it if you haven't already.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Cardiff, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Mclusky, a ragged Welsh trio indebted to both punk and indie rock, first showed up on the scene in 1998. Led by Andrew Falkous (vocals/guitar), the band also originally included Matthew Harding (drums) and Jonathan Chapple (bass). Mclusky debuted on wax in the U.K. with 2000's My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours (Fuzzbox). They next signed with Too Pure and hooked up with Steve Albini to produce their sophomore effort. The holdover singles Lightsabre C*********g Blues and To Hell...
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