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31 Knots

Worried Well

(12tx CD, 43'46'' - Polyvinyl rec 'o8)

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Abbandonati i lidi laddove la matematica sonava, ora i 31 Knots si danno ad un caleidoscopico post-punk imbastardito da una certa vena art-pop teatrale. Il trio di Portland ricalibra in Worried Well le proprie attitudini e lo fa mettendo sul piatto una nuova formula entusiasmante ma quanto mai spiazzante, dove sprazzi di classe cristallina si alternano a momenti meno spontanei e forse eccessivi nella loro ricercatezza. Quindi, nel computo globale della valutazione, il disco si offre certamente alle orecchie di chi ascolta come un prodotto godibilissimo e stimolante, con melodie assassine dal tiro affilatissimo (Baby of Riots), con stop & go ed inserti di elettronica (Certificate) di ottima fattura - ed un cantato che talvolta declama beffardo (Strange Kicks) - ma forse quello che realmente manca è quel pizzico di spontaneità in più, che molto spesso può far la differenza tra un disco discreto ed uno decisamente degno di nota.
Now away from those shores where math-rock sound ruled, 31 Knots turn to be a kalidoscopic post-punk swirling, debased with a certain theatrical pop-art. The three piece from Portland remeasures through Worried Well own attitudes and puts on the plate an enthusiastic formula, that also catches you unprepared sometimes, - swinging between moments of pure style and others less spontaneous and even excessive, - when too much fancy. Anyway, to draw a circle around this release, let's say it is clear this album is direct and exciting, filled with assassin melodies, truly cutting (Baby of Riots), with stop&go's and hints of electronic music (Certificate), very good made, - where vocals sometimes turn even wry (Strange Kicks), - but maybe, - what is really missing here is a little bit of naturalness, - that something able to sign the difference between a good album and something unequivocally worthy attention.

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