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Posted on August 31st, 2011 (3:00 pm) by Bo Smothers

Put it on, grab a beer and a girl (or guy), and get down motherfucker. This album rocks.

While they've kept the rough-hewn, jangly, and indelibly electric indie-rock feel that won them adoration at SXSW in 2010, White Denim seems to have fleshed out their sound handsomely--beautifully, in fact--creating an extremely unique sound more fun and infectious than any other band I know of going today, save maybe Foster The People

This album is overflowing with jubilance, optimism, good-natured enthusiasm and screaming guitar licks. It's very reminiscent of 70's rock and roll; hectic, seemingly scattered, with each instrument trying to outplay the next in one song, before calming into perfect cohesion in the next.

They are, simply put, the revival of rock and roll. With a funknasty indie twist.

To quote a favorite movie of mine, if Jethro Tull and Sonic Youth had a baby, and meanwhile, Blue Oyster Cult and The Shins had a baby, and then those two babies met, and fucked, then White Denim's D would be their offspring.

Some songs flow right into one another; others end abruptly. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this, but with rollicking rock and roll funknasty jazz jam fusion pieces like these, who needs reason?

James Petralli's vocals by are at times yelled hoarsely, other times neatly and coolly chorused above a tidy, fast-paced melody put down by the standard rock set up. A classic rock and roll voice, he might not move the song forward, but definitely provides a cap for the volcanic outpouring of energy the rest of the band provides, without which the band would become an angry tangled mess of competing musics happening next to each other. Petralli's vocals, in essence are the steering to the hotrod that is White Denim.

The guitar however, is just something else, and is probably the best I've ever heard technically in an indie rock band, as in each song, guitarist, also Petralli, belts out lick after lick after riff after crescendo after blistering chords, with the style of guitar playing changing from song to song--which showcases not only his technical skill, but the range of his skills as well. His playing is over-the-top, excessive, smooth and wholeheartedly rock and roll. Try not to groove to it. I dare you.

They are, in a word, fun. And this new album of theirs is in all honestly, the most fun album I have listened to in a long, long time. It's got all the great stuff about classic rock, the slinkiness of jazz, the weirdness of indie rock and enough energy to blow you the fuck over if you happen to be in the front row of one of their concerts (should you be so lucky).

This album might not be everyone's cup of tea, especially for those who are more serious-minded, but for the vast majority of those of you reading this, I could not more highly recommend D. It may not perfect for every situation, considering its in-your-face-up-and-at-'em attitude, but when you want it, DAMN is it good.

Buy it.

Track List
1. It's Him
2. Burnished
3. At the Farm
4. Street Joy
5. Anvil Everything
6. River to Consider
7. Drug
8. Bess St.
9. Is and Is and Is
10. Keys

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Our Rating

87 / 100
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