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cd reviews - May 8, 2013
5 Stars Out Of 5
New York’s goth-pop overlords return with “Driven,”
their ninth and greatest album to date.
The band hits the ground running with “Spinning,”
a thick and dreamy noir-scape in the great Lost Patrol tradition. Mollie
Israel’s smooth, epic vocals are the perfect tonic for Michael Williams’
dusty acoustic beds and Stephen Massucci’s twisted string work.
“Spinning” is as catchy as the common cold but dark enough
to warrant repeated spins.
While there is an abundance of material on “Driven”
that qualifies as classic Lost Patrol (“All Tomorrow’s Promises,”
“Chance of Rain”), what nudges this album into the superb
category are the curve balls.
“Little Black Kitten” is a sinister walk into Stray
Cats territory, replete with stand-up bass and Stylophone. “See
You in Hell” is the best chick-based revenge song since Blondie’s
“Rip Her to Shreds,” while the largely instrumental “There
and Back” should end up being the theme to an IFC original series
about jewel thieves in Ibiza.
As if there weren’t enough groovy sounds swirling around
this album already, “Just Go” rears its jazzy, Billie Holiday-esque
head. With audacious piano from guest Rob Schwimmer and Israel’s
sultry vocal, “Just Go” could have been slipped into night
one of Ken Burns’ jazz documentary without raising an eyebrow. Album
closer “Disguise” puts a bow on everything with goose-bump
guitar and sweet but melancholic vocals.
“Driven” is the perfect gateway drug into the world
of The Lost Patrol and a welcome fix for those already hooked.
Also recommended: “The Voice of Love” by Julee Cruise.
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