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Shellac - Dude Incredible

by D R Pautsch Rating:7 Release Date:2014-09-15

"It's been a long time since I rock 'n' rolled," howled Led Zep many moons ago and gave voice to the returning rock band refrain that would echo down the years after their demise. The lyrics of that song seem like a band is writing about refinding themselves by going back to what they used to do. Shellac have almost followed that path...almost.  

With only their second album since 1000 Hurts released at the turn of the decade, this feels a stripped-down and far shorter affair than some previous efforts. Shellac are said to sound like no-one else but this effort sounds like everyone else but of themselves. It's 35 minutes of howling, guitars, riffs and invention.

'You Came in Me' starts almost like a Red Hot Chili Peppers riff, such is the reliance on the propelling bass. It's far more repetitive and will probably be twice as long live than in this form but its the sound of few words, lots of sound and heavy riffs. The opening title track sounds like a latter day Neil Young, reunited with Crazy Horse (oh, the joy) and belting out a number which would become a staple of live shows.

The emphasis here is really on sound and not lyrics. It's possibly their strongest effort to date as all the tracks come in light of seven minutes, with the nine tracks as a whole at just over half an hour. With seven years between albums, this lack of fat is surprising. Sure, this is the experimental side of rock, with 'All the Surveyors' starting like a middle-age play and ending in a chunking guitar storm, but there is a lot here to love, with the emphasis on choppy guitars.

This effort sounds like it was put together in far less than the break they have had and will lead to some more epic live shows. Twenty-plus years in the business has not dulled them at all.

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