I’ve been listening to this album since it came out about two weeks ago. I meant to review it as soon as it was released, but things got in the way. Since those things have now been moved out of the way, here’s your review. You better enjoy it.
It’s math rock, combined with a dose of punk and grunge rock, in a mixture I really quite like. Most of the tracks contain twisted guitar riffs wrapped around unusual time signatures; the hallmark of math punk and math rock. The emphasis is doubled with the often political lyrics – most obviously on 4 and 5, but on a few other tracks too.
The phrase ‘political lyrics’ might conjure horrific visions of Billy Bragg foaming at the mouth, but fear not – on Baby they are thoughtful executed and skilfully cut with the angry, punk vocals. Both the opening track and 2 are excellent songs, and are both ones that leave me intrigued as to how Op would come across live. They’re like a pissed off, tighter Yuck!.
On 6 they let loose with an unchained guitar attack, and proceed to run to the finish line on the more indie-inspired 7 and the final track, 8. All in all, I really like the record, and I’d recommend it as an interesting listen.