50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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The Breeders, 'All Nerve'

The Breeders, 'All Nerve'

We Say: On the fifth Breeders album, the songs are all cinematic movement – hiding, escaping, screaming in the meadow, running for the exit. Such is life as the Breeders' Kim Deal, a rock genius with a powderkeg of bittersweet melodies and fearless emotions forever ready to blow, but often without a band to light the fuse. ... The boost in dynamic drama is due to the return of the lineup that recorded 1993's alt-rock gem Last Splash – twin sister-guitarist Kelley Deal, bassist Josephine Wiggs, and drummer Jim MacPherson. Openers "Nervous Mary" and "Wait in the Car" prowl and dash, as the twins' vocals, Kim's guitar, and the coiled-tight rhythm section create an almost film-noir atmosphere of fraught anticipation and shifty post-punk shadows ("I got business," spits Kim). C.A.

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