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Steve Shiffman and The Land of No

Mon Dieu (Later)

By • Jan 8th, 2014 • Category: long players

American indie rock is such a long-established genre that it must be hard to stand out from the crowd. However, Steve Shiffman and chums make a good fist at it with ‘Said You Did Me A Favour’ which is as good an opener as you’re likely to hear on any album thus year or next.
Of course, there is a problem in kicking off on such a high. Mon Dieu’s 11 tracks are all in a vaguely similar vein, good old-fashioned punk rock, new wave, alt.indie, whatever you want to call it. Nowt wrong with that of course – good honest guitar pop with spindly guitar and a resonant rhythm section will never get old.
There is to be fair some variety anyway – ‘Atlantis’ is a bit of an epic, with a lusty chorus of backing vocals through an extended mid section. ‘Blackness In My Soul’ is blusey, and maybe a bit too long, but ‘It’s Ok’, which closes the release, is a great meandering piece of underground pop a la Dinosaur Jr and Television with its screeching dueling guitars which pulls sets the seal on a very decent listen.

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  1. This is my favourite lp of 2013! Thanks for the review @isthismusic ! http://t.co/E9yoymLj6r @ssatlon

  2. RT @rob_hillfield: This is my favourite lp of 2013! Thanks for the review @isthismusic ! http://t.co/E9yoymLj6r @ssatlon