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FOR FANS OF: The Je­sus Lizard, Hel­met, Rollins Band ■ With so­cial me­dia time­lines dom­i­nated by the fright­en­ing tu­mult of Brexit, Trump’s clumsy stab at totalitarianism and the omi­nous rise of the far­right, it’s no sur­prise that Ther­apy?’s lat­est al­bum ex­plores the themes of unity and divi­sion. After all, Cleave could mean to split apart or stick to­gether, de­pend­ing on your level of op­ti­mism. Thrillingly pro­lific and un­doubt­edly con­sis­tent, their re­cent

re­leases have of­ten slaked their ex­per­i­men­tal thirst, but in Cleave, they’ve de­liv­ered a fo­cused col­lec­tion of songs that have all the clout of a swift kick to the head. Hit­ting that sweet spot be­tween their noisy ma­jor-la­bel de­but Nurse (1992) and the an­thempacked, mil­lion-seller Trou­blegum (1994), their 15th stu­dio al­bum is a thrilling lis­ten, from the taut clat­ter of Wreck It Like Beck­ett, to the in­fec­tious Cal­low and the slow-burn­ing No Sun­shine. As the trio pre­pare to cel­e­brate their 30th anniversary in the com­ing months, they’ve rarely sounded as vi­tal or hun­gry as they do in 2018. SI­MON YOUNG

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