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Blonde Redhead - 23

Intoxicating or intoxicated is the question that springs to mind with Blonde Redhead. Melancholy yet upbeat, haunting yet uplifting, mysterious yet strikingly revealing, their latest offering '23' is not an album for everyone. It's a huge jump from the mainstream, targeting the trendy, brooding, art-types that are oh, so exclusivist.

It's easy to see why '23' has been labeled "under produced", with its simple, straight forward material and little extravagance. And yet, in a way this almost adds to the naivety of the overall sound. Kazu's almost psychotic, beautifully broken, twisted vocals are reminiscent of a psychiatric patient's wails. She's eerie and very, very strange, but seductively appealing in the weirdest of ways. Remember the Russian lesbians in Tatu? She sounds a little bit like that, but more Elvin.

If you're looking for abrasive guitar riffs and loud, aggressive music, this couldn't be further from what you're after. It's quiet and it's controlled, with very little of anything that could be classed as "rock". Album highlights include the misty piano sounds of title track '23' and the Muse-esque introduction of 'Dr. Strangeluv'.Harriet Jennings

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Blonde Redhead - 23

Intoxicating or intoxicated is the question that springs to mind with Blonde Redhead. Melancholy yet upbeat, haunting yet uplifting, mysterious yet strikingly revealing, their latest offering '23' is not an album for everyone. It's a huge jump from the mainstream, targeting the trendy, brooding, art-types that are oh, so exclusivist.

It's easy to see why '23' has been labeled "under produced", with its simple, straight forward material and little extravagance. And yet, in a way this almost adds to the naivety of the overall sound. Kazu's almost psychotic, beautifully broken, twisted vocals are reminiscent of a psychiatric patient's wails. She's eerie and very, very strange, but seductively appealing in the weirdest of ways. Remember the Russian lesbians in Tatu? She sounds a little bit like that, but more Elvin.

If you're looking for abrasive guitar riffs and loud, aggressive music, this couldn't be further from what you're after. It's quiet and it's controlled, with very little of anything that could be classed as "rock". Album highlights include the misty piano sounds of title track '23' and the Muse-esque introduction of 'Dr. Strangeluv'.Harriet Jennings