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Working for a Nuclear Free City: Businessmen & Ghosts

Working for a Nuclear Free City: Businessmen & Ghosts

Desc:CD REVIEW: ARTIST: Working for a Nuclear Free City
Label:Deaf Dumb & Blind

In this sprawling, two-disc U.S. debut (which bundles their UK debut album, subsequent EP and bonus tracks), WFANFC proves the first Manchester band to make the wildly hybridized Madchester aesthetic relevant to the 21st century. With some different points of reference, they manage to salvage without being slavish. A list of ingredients as dizzyingly diverse as theirs - shoegaze, space rock, Krautrock, trip-hop, big beat - would be dangerous in other hands, but in theirs it’s revelatory. They negotiate the terrain masterfully to produce intelligently crafted music that moves with a constant sense of surprise. The resulting sound manages to strike many familiar and cherished chords on its way to pushing the envelope. Not too many bands would be able to mash the Beta Band, Stone Roses, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack and Primal Scream and still sound cohesive. The shining fact that they can shows that they have the stuff to be one of the very few successful shape-shifting bands.
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