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  • Summary: The duo take a break from their own Ersatz Audio label with this six-song mini-album for Thrill Jockey, which features slightly more human-sounding vocals from Nicola Kuperus.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
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  1. D.U.M.E.'s witchy, heavily eyelinered approach may appeal more to fans of bands like Numbers or Ersatz Audio's own Tamion 12 Inch than admirers of Adult.'s normally sleek, distant neo-electro, but the harsh, nervous allure of tracks like "Don't Talk (Redux)" and "Hold Your Breath" is undeniable.
  2. Abounds with ADULT.'s trademark terse tension you can dance to--albeit as if in a straitjacket. [Apr 2005, p.128]
  3. They're sure punching with more punch than they did when resuscitating the stand-and-deliver sexlessness of analog-electro past with blank face and vacant stare.
  4. Shrill, sharp, twitchy compositions that can be as abrasive as they are compelling.
  5. A set that flat out refuses to be ignored.
  6. Adult. doesn't make their music easy to swallow, and some of the tracks here don't feel fully developed. But this is a band in transition, exchanging the spacious rhythms of their electro for a suffocating spin on rock revivalism.
  7. All but unlistenable for five of its six songs. [#9]

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