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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. Uncut
    Grainger's first solo outing swaps the lascivious intensity of his former outfit for a rakish new wave ramalam somewhere between Cheap Trick and The Strokes' "First Impression of Earth." [Apr 2009, p.86]
  5. Mojo
    His solo debut is, however, a robust proposition, not as his former band but certainly not the alt country indulgence implied by label and name. [Apr 2009, p.103]
  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. Under The Radar
    Songs like 'Who Do We Care For?' and 'I Hate My Friends' have great hooks but are low on substance. [Year End 2008]

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