Body NORTHERN SPY 9/10 suspenseful 20th from Australian trio
The Necks deal in entrancing ebbs and flows. During their best works – the astonishing Drive By, for example – the band transform their allotted hour into a space of exquisite mounting tension. On their 20th album, their best for a while, Chris Abrahams’ piano and Tony Buck’s drums cultivate a trance-like state, while Lloyd Swanton’s insistent bass pulse (and a ticking clock) ratchet up the suspense. What follows, though, is an extended, uncharacteristically rocking release: a hairy 15-minute motorik wig-out, strafed by freaky noise from “We Love You” and Satanic Majesties. It’s a magnificent reminder of the band’s continuing ability to surprise. As John Peel said of The Fall, they’re always different, yet somehow always the same.
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