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Root for Ruin [Digipak]
Les Savy Fav
2. Dirty Knails
3. Sleepless in Silver Lake
4. Let's Get Out of Here
5. Lips n' Stuff
7. High and Unhinged
8. Excess Energies
9. Dear Crutches
10. Calm Down
11. Clear Spirits
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FKR045
Personnel: Tim Harrington (vocals); Seth Jabour, Andrew Reuland (guitar, background vocals); Harrison Haynes (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Zane.
Recording information: Gigantic, New York, NY (01/2010-05/2010).
Photographer: Harrison Haynes.
With its fifth album, Root for Ruin, the art rock outfit continues with the sound that made Let's Stay Friends such a refreshing change for the band, refining its angular sound with pop polish. This slower, more melodic approach really shines on "Let's Get Out of Here," a laid-back, Pixies-influenced track that almost casually rises and falls, showing off the band's ability to take a chord progression and mine it for all its worth, coaxing out a breezy verse and an incredibly catchy hook that sound like they could be lost tracks from Doolittle. This more thoughtful approach also comes through on faster tracks like "Dirty Knails" and "Excess Energies," providing a look at a Les Savy Fav who are able to be kinetic without being frenetic, showing that they can still cut loose without losing control of the song. While Root for Ruin isn't the creative reawakening that Let's Stay Friends was, it might be the band's tightest and most polished album yet. At this point in their career, Les Savy Fav have evolved their style so much that any clamoring for a return to their previous form feels like stubborn nostalgia. In fact, with this current sound reaching such a level of refinement, the only question left to ask of the band is, "What's next?" ~ Gregory Heaney
Rolling Stone - "LSF match Harrington's energy with music that's both melodic and expertly brutal, zipping through punk-inspired shout-alongs about drug-fueled sex and hanging with lowlifes..."
Alternative Press (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a tight supporting crew dealing gut-punching post-Pixies riffs....This album proves this oft-comical band are no joke."
CMJ - "[T]he group never forgets to sneak some solid hooks into the frenzy, and they don't mind occasionally offering up a massive shout-along chorus every couple of tracks."
CMJ - "ROOT FOR RUIN is the best synthesis of its pop and oddball sides yet, with flailing, manic surges serving as comfortable bedrocks for solid melodic hooks."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Guitarists Seth Jabour and Andrew Reuland prove to be the aces in the hole for this record, continuing to prove their worth as two of modern indie rock's smarter, more bruising axe-wielders."
Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "ROOT FOR RUIN burns with their reignited love of Fugazi, Pixies and Pavement..."
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