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Stranger Things (Mamé)

SXSW Record Reviews

The Londoners' sophomore effort, 2013's Glow & Behold, floundered following the departure of frontman Daniel Blumberg. Guitarist Max Bloom adopting vocal duties, the foursome's third LP hints resolve despite its deficiency. Self-recorded in their new singer's parents' house, Stranger Things commences crunchy via grungy "Hold Me Closer." Guitar-tone goodness glistens, but the leadoff single materializes as a bare-faced Built to Spill borrow nonetheless. Midway, "Only Silence" returns the band's wonted wah-wah. Yuck's sound soared from the start, each release sounding stellar – Stranger Things included – but a lack of novelty is rearing up. (Wed., 11:15pm, Sidewinder Outside)

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