Sunday Star-Times - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

The Un­der­side of Power (Mata­dor/The La­bel) It takes mere sec­onds for Al­giers’ The Un­der­side of Power to ex­plode in a mass of wail­ing, an­gry noise, a sound that barely lets up un­til the al­bum charges to a halt 45 min­utes later. Phew. Make no mis­take: this is an abra­sive al­bum. The At­lanta trio vent their frus­tra­tion at the world’s tur­moil in a howl of fu­ri­ous, in­dus­trial rock’n’roll and soul, and with their po­lit­i­cally-charged lyrics it’s all very in-your-face. And fan­tas­tic. Franklin James Fisher’s voice soars with a breath­tak­ing in­ten­sity on tracks such as The Un­der­side of Power and opener Walk like a Pan­ther. Cleve­land veers to­wards punk, while A Hymn For an Av­er­age Man calms the noise but main­tains the fury. Maybe not an al­bum for a ca­sual din­ner party but since when did that mat­ter? Bril­liant. - Jack Bar­low

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