THE FREE PRESS - KINSTON, NC
cd reviews - April 30, 2010
5 Stars Out Of 5
The new Lost Patrol album plays like a soundtrack to every cool
noir movie ever made. The music and the vocals are dark and moody, with
just enough rock and roll oomph to make it sound dangerous.
Dark Matter is the band’s second release with vocalist
Mollie Israel, and her assured command of the microphone has pushed the
band’s music into edgier territory. Israel’s voice careens
out of the speakers with the power of an opera singer and the swagger
of Shirley Manson. Guitarists Stephen Masucci and Michael Williams create
dusty, psychedelic soundscapes reminiscent of Sergio Leone, Dick Dale
and Angelo Badalamenti.
Internet music trolls may have seen the band’s controversial
video for “Calling Your Own Name” [sic] making the rounds
in cyberspace. While the video has sparked much debate, no one is questioning
the validity of the song’s genius minimalism and powerful delivery.
Fans of Goldfrapp or Garbage that are jonesing for some kinky rock will
relish this track. [TLP's note: the video is for "Nobody There."]
The entire album is “skip button” free and plays
like a movie that you don’t want to end. The lush ballad “Justine”
oozes with beauty and emotion that is seldom heard in rock music anymore,
and the nearly metallic bass work on “Leading the Blind” recalls
the harder-edged sides of The Cure.
Dark Matter is the seventh Lost Patrol album, and it is a fine
place for the uninitiated to begin. You’re not likely to hear this
music outside college or satellite radio, but for the music lover who’s
looking for something new and interesting, Dark Matter could be your favorite
album of 2010. For more information, visit thelostpatrol.com.
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