Cooper brings the in­dus­trial noise to alt-rock power an­thems

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Now as­ton­ish­ingly on their 15th al­bum, gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Andy Cairns and bassist Michael McKee­gan have been plug­ging away as Therapy? for a quar­ter-cen­tury, with­out hav­ing ever quite fol­lowed the suc­cess of 1993’s Trou­blegum. Cleave, though, is a real re­turn to form, the band hav­ing brought back Trou­blegum pro­ducer Chris Shel­don to shape this new set of hard-as-nails but catchy songs. English drum­mer Neil Cooper joined the Nor’n Ir­ish out­fit back in 2002, and he’s key to their trade­mark, rhyth­mi­cally-driven sound, pro­vid­ing taut beats and in­tense fills to ‘Cal­low’, and help­ing recre­ate the in­dus­trial per­cus­siv­ity of the band’s early work (check ‘Teeth­grinder’ from de­but Nurse) for ‘Wreck It Like Beck­ett’. Cairns still sounds pleas­ingly an­gry on ‘Ex­pelled’ while Cooper and McKee­gan gel mag­nif­i­cently as the back­bone to his punk-rock ire. It’s def­i­nitely time for Therapy? to re­gain their rel­e­vance, while Cooper him­self de­serves recog­ni­tion as one of the UK’s best rock drum­mers. (CBu)

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