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From the outset, Unsound was not going to be like any other Mission of Burma album. As expected, the material is raw, primal and aggressive. They still have a signature knack for twisting even the most ferocious noise into complex structures. There are, of course, those killer hooks scattered throughout, but just not quite where you would expect. Yet with all three lead members resolutely making the decision to deliberately stretch their boundaries even further, they stepped out of their comfort zone to create their most rewarding, bewildering and multifaceted long-player yet.
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I wish they would cover "King of the Road".
I do like this album more than their last also-great album The Sound, The Speed, The Light but not quite as much as Vs., OnOffOn, or The Obliterati. The biggest gripe I have over this one is that it clocks in at only 35 minutes. 2-3 more songs probably would have made this one just as good as their best ones.
taste; a manipulated dose of dissonance and turmoil with a riveting undercurrent of power.
Herky-jerky post-punk with a viciously ripping rhythmic angularity that's balanced by a well-
developed sense of how to integrate melody with the politics of noise & anger. M.O.B. has
perfected the art of building controlled tension by placing urgent talk/sing vocals over vacillating
layers of antsy, spazzed-out guitar chords that swirl feedback into a cohesive wave of sound.
Members have played in several other bands, including Birdsongs Of the Mesozoic, Shellac,
Volcano Suns, Kustomized. Sometimes recalls Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, early Mekons,
Scumbag Philosopher. Another strong, challenging album form a talented band with a unique