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Album Review

In the tradition of the Pixies and Pavement, Austin noise-pop quartet Peel's debut album subverts its catchy pop tunes with slatherings of lo-fi tape grot, feedback, tape loops and needling keyboards in the manner of Brian Eno's contributions to early Roxy Music. Singing guitarists Josh Permenter and Dakota Smith have the whole Stephen Malkmus can't-be-bothered mumble down cold, and songs like "Bells" and "Workers, Wake Up!" have the lysergic pop rush of classic Elephant 6 tunes. The thing is, while the band's antecedents and influences could not possibly be more obvious — mention should also be made of Chris Knox, both solo and with the Tall Dwarfs — these 11 songs are so charming in their exuberance and playfulness that charges of lack of originality are pretty much beside the point. Perhaps their next album will sound more like Peel and less like a giddy mishmash of the average aging hipster thirty-something's iPod, but in the meantime, this is a fun listen despite its flaws.

Customer Reviews

This is the real Peel, all other Peels are fake Peels

Do not listen to the other Peel records. Unless they are by this Peel. The other Peel is a pretender to the name. Of Peel.

Make another freakin album PEEL!!!!

Make another album Peel, you guys amaze me with the songs 1949, oxford, someones cousin and last but not least in the city. Keep going guys!!! <3

Great band

This is a great album from start to finish. Fun band to watch live. Another album needs to come out!

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