Friday, October 30, 2009

#68. Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T.D.A.D. (Kranky, 2002)

The dance-punk revival was of more note for its singles than its albums when you get down to it. S.T.R.E.E.T.D.A.D. is a major exception to that observation though- a sprawling exercise in marrying the energy of dance-punk to the dynamics of post-rock without discounting the individual powers of either genre. It's also a variably moody piece, ranging from the desolate melancholy of "Story of the Whole Thing" to the kinetic "Hair Dude, You're Stepping on My Mystique" and hitting all points in between on the 12 minute centerpiece "The L Train Is a Swell Train and I Don't Wanna Hear You Indies Complain." It pains me to think that something this singular and expressive is gonna get lost in the shuffle of everyone's decade end lists, but at least I didn't neglect it (came damn close though...)

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