A horrible hack

The Estranged

The Subliminal Man

Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: Dirtnap - Sabotage
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Sep 21, 2010
Second album in from these Portland sorts and it's another good 'un, staying true to the gloomy Sage-inspired punk of yore while splashing it with a wadge of rainy-days early 80s Englishness that's borne out by the tinny sound, phased guitar lines and the hiccupy, clogged-sinus 'Jumping Someone Else's Train' vocals. As with 'Static Thoughts' it's hard to pick any clear standouts, the band maintaining a sturdy Very Good baseline without ever veering too far either side of it - something which suits well enough since there's not a single dud to roll your eyes through, but perhaps prevents them truly delivering on the promise of those first two EPs.

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