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Les Savy Fav: Root For Ruin

Album Review

Veteran alt rockers just get better and better.

Most bands shoot their load early. If it’s not the debut album that’s their definitive statement then it’s the second or third. Not these New Yorkers, who waited over a decade and were rumoured to be on the verge of splitting before they released 2007’s accomplished (and much praised) Let’s Stay Friends.

But despite the plaudits that record received, Les Savy Fav remain heroically unsatisfied. ‘We still got our appetite’ spits frontman Tim Harrington on the opener Appetites. And indeed Root For Ruin is faster, tighter, more wired than its predecessor; though just as melodic. 

Tracks like Dirty Knails take their cues from the urgent hooky punk of Dead Kennedys, where Lips N’ Stuff sounds like Hüsker Dü at their foot-to-the-floor best. 

Gleaming with bug-eyed mischievous energy, Root For Ruin is a total blast and leaves a great many of their younger colleagues sounding tired and slow-witted in comparison.

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