Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Best Albums of 2014: 1. Dude Incredible - Shellac (Touch & Go)
The news that there was a new Shellac album coming out this year was exciting enough, but we had no right to expect anything as good as this. Steve Albini's masterful three-piece deliver a consummate studio tightness that ranges across this collection to make ever song on it a perfectly manicured delight. The title track and opener is such an exquisite example of how to do it with guitar and drums that, on first listen, you suspect it might have peaked too early. But Shellac deliver the same glorious punch on every track and when it ends you just want to hear it again and again. Which is basically what I've been doing. It takes a great album to keep that Half Man Half Biscuit LP off the top spot this year, and this is a great album.
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