Power - Q And Not U
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  • Summary: This is the third Dischord release for the Washington, D.C. rockers, who are frequently mentioned next to hyphenated labels such as "post-punk" and "dance-punk."
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Overall, the songs are more accessible, with clearer melodies and less discordance. For many bands this would be a misstep, but it turns out that Q & Not U's penchant for the catchy is one of their best assets.
  2. Even when there are plenty of other bands working in a similar style, Q and Not U remain more distinctive and harder to classify than many of their peers, which makes Power an exciting album and proof that the band has variety and vitality to spare.
  3. This is the sound of the US underground realising that its message is easier to swallow if it has a smile on its face. [9 Oct 2004, p.56]
  4. Power announces a change from the get-go, fast-forwarding through punk's often-tired gambits and--sometimes tentatively, sometimes with impressive assurance--shimmying around the dance floor with only occasional furtive glances at the exit.
  5. Littering their album with frail songwriting and all but killing off the aggression of their percussion, the band inexplicably jump into ill-advised stylistic misfires---with a few too many missed falsetto notes.
  6. It can't quite replicate the experience [of their live show]. [#8, p.111]
  7. We can see Power as a breakthrough provided that we do not think about the DFA, !!! or Out Hud, or Les Savy Fav. Unfortunately, Q and Not U do not have much to add to what those bands have already done.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. seant
    Aug 12, 2005
    newly discovered vocal harmonies and synth lines add to Q and not U's "post-punk" DC sound well.
  2. NelsonB
    Dec 3, 2004
    An excellent, different offering from the post-punk-dance masters of Q and not U. This songs destroy live, and the cd is plenty fine, and far more different than the other crap that's been polluting these genre's of late... Expand
  3. leem
    Nov 12, 2004
    Power requires, no, screams above a surging cresting instrumental wave to be listened to amidst the rest of the musical dirge that populates ipods everywhere. Expand
  4. JamesF
    Nov 2, 2004
    Wish I hadn't spent an hour of my life on it, I want it back.