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Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2002-04-01

If you're tired of punk rock bands scraping clean the stupid barrel to land the lowest common denominator belly-laugh, McLusky Do Dallas might be just the album you're looking for. An incendiary British rock trio that invites comparisons with everyone from Nirvana to the Fall, McLusky specialise in the short, sharp shock: songs that clock in around two minutes in length, but go some way to reinventing the very viscera of punk rock while they're at it. The opening "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" is a case in point: an explosion of shattered cymbals and nodule-inducing vocal ferocity that sounds something like post-hardcore merchants Shellac discovering the notion of catchy pop hooks--so perhaps it's no coincidence that Shellac frontman and legendary alternative producer Steve Albini is credited on production duties. But McLusky's strike rate here is literally jaw-dropping: raw, fearless rock songs like "To Hell with Good Intentions" and "Dethink to Survive" landing with a terrifying consistency. But perhaps the most fascinating track is "Fuck This Band", a quiet interlude on the nature of rock music, laced with no mean seam of irony: "Fuck this band / Because they swear too much / It's a obvious ploy / And irresponsible". Equal parts brains, brawn and pure righteous intent, McLusky Do Dallas sounds absolutely unstoppable. --Louis Pattison

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