Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains - Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains
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  • Summary: Sebastien Grainger, the Ex-Death from Above 1979 singer/drummer, releases his debut solo album.
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  1. When these two dimensions come together, as on the stunningly awesome 'American Names' or 'Who Do We Care For?,' it all but erases the anguished waiting for him to finally come back around.
  2. Grainger's vocals, however, hang a little harsh in the mix without the jagged musical edges around them. Still, the essential energy in his performance powers through the awkward spots, making the disc a welcome payoff to a dance-punk dream destroyed.
  3. What's truly appealing about Grainger's solo effort is the fun he's obviously having.
  4. It's possible to enjoy this album without registering much about it, such is the muscular efficiency with which one song succeeds the next.
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    This albums isn't as infectious as "You're A Woman, I'm A Machine," but who cares? Grainger didn't make it for DFA fans. [Nov/Dec 2008, p.85]
  6. Which brings us full circle, in a strange way, to DFA79. While the band surely wasn't the headiest of its era, there was a svelte, muscular quality to their music-- a feeling that any excess had been cut away-- that is absent from this record (and, it's worth noting, Keeler's work in MSTRKRFT).
  7. If Grainger’s frantic wail is the glue that holds the makeshift contraption together on these tracks, however, its excesses are a powerful anti-adhesive elsewhere.

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