The Underside Of Power (album) by Algiers
Release date: 2017-06-23
Overall rank: 3,739th
Condition: Brand New
1d 22h 29m 26s
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Algiers’ debut two years ago was a trailblazing statement that blended umpteen genres to spectacular effect, so my expecations were sky-high for album number two. Amazingly it’s a close match, with the band doubling down on the gospel- and techno-inspired elements in order to complement the more politically impassioned lyrics.
Amazing Album. The title track is a banger and Cleveland is just an incredible track.
Whoever mastered this needs to be shot. Distorted and squashed to the point where you lose clarity. The Loudness wars need to die.
Favorite tracks: Walk Like A Panther, The Underside Of Power, Death March, The Cycle/The Spiral: Time To Go Down Slowly
An album full of experimentation and diversity.This album truly is a dream of a melomaniac.
One my favourite albums of 2017.
best black artist right now !
No one is more in the bag for this record. It took To Pimp a Butterfly to beat it for my AOTY the year their debut was released.
The Underside of Power does not have the immediacy of Algiers' self-titled, which is really to this record's benefit. There's more room for variety, for atmosphere, for pathos.
That doesn't mean this record is without teeth. The Underside of Power announces itself with a battle cry, and does not go down without a fight. The quieter moments are engrossing, getting you in range for a point blank attack. It's long-form Pixies dynamic writing, and it works.
If we're on the subject of influences, however, The Underside of Power is still drawing from post punk heroes like Joy Division, but is leaning more into the drone of Suicide, and early Swans. Algiers are going for the same aesthetic, but don't let it grow stale. Trying out some more experimental songwriting and album structuring, The Underside of Power leaves a lot to unpack, and has a bevvy of surprising turns in craft.
Really though, this is still just as vital and impassioned as one could want from Algiers. I don't quite know if I like this better than their debut, which remains a miracle to this day. The Underside of Power is a beautiful, fearsome beast of a record. An essential for 2017.