The end of the world is nigh and Sam Coomes sounds really pissed about it, and also more than a bit confused. But mostly pissed. Indie-rock's greatest angry piano man--aided and abetted as always by drummer/ co-vocalist Janet Weiss--brings all of his tricks to the table on this loud and excellent album. It's the duo's best since their ground-breaking Featuring "Birds"
. The chaotic energy of his Blues Goblins persona is given the focus of Badfinger-y pop. And everywhere the menace of stomping, classic rock looms excellently; Coomes' guitar playing has never been so intense and focused. Anyone can look at the world and write "what the hell is wrong with the world?" music, especially today. But few can do it with equal amounts of humor and conviction. The title tune manages that and more. If only preaching to the converted always sounded so sweet. --Mike McGonigal
Quasi captures sounds that are powerful, unrepeatable, and unmistakably psychedelic. Producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Sleater-Kinney) made the mixes powerful and unpredictable. He enhanced the swirling, layered, psyche feel. When The Going Gets Dark proves that all the blood, sweat, and tears were worthwhile. Touch & Go. 2006.