rock'n'roll is supposed to be the foundation of "loud, fast,
and out of control" music, but I'm just not hearing it here.
While not as heavy or snarly as some of their label mates, the Charming
Snakes still spike the post-punk punch with dance party pleasers
and lace the cake with Gang Of Four and The Fall influences. The
vocals and guitars have just the right amount of treble, and the
song structures aren't anywhere near the 1-2-3-4 formula.
like a lot of classic post-punk music, 'Ammunition' offers us put-it-on-repeat
hits interspersed with tracks that take patience and concentration
to enjoy. The leadoff 'Loon' jumpstarts the hips, but the title
track stalls with it's overly-tinny guitar lines and vocal effects.
'Tracks That Lead' picks things back up again, a rousing rocker
that could have been unearthed directly from 1982. 'Epic Jams' does
what the title says, and while it's an impressive undertaking, the
vocals don't come in until the 3 minute mark, and the song doesn't
end for several minutes after that. The alternating bursts of fresh
air and stale slow-burners continue for most of the disc, and at
this point I'm finding it hard to grasp the album as a whole. Normally
I give kudos to diversity, but I can't help but think this 10 song
album would've made 2 better EPs, one with 5 ripping numbers and
another with 5 pulsing, sonic punk jams to please a different crowd.