Blonde Redhead

23 | 4AD
By KATHRYN PERRY  |  May 1, 2007
3.0 3.0 Stars
There’s a supernatural spell of sorts woven through the songs on the new Blonde Redhead album. The New York–based trio’s seventh album is a weirdly entrancing collection of polished electronics and acoustic-guitar riffs layered like fruit in a parfait glass. Kazu Makino’s breathless, high-pitched voice ups the hypnotics by rendering the lyrics largely incomprehensible. This can be a shame — in “The Dress,” “I love you less/Now that I know you” leaves you wanting more. There’s a marked upturn in mood after the dark dreams Blonde Redhead leaned toward on earlier albums (including the aptly titled Misery Is a Butterfly); some tracks are even danceable. But there’s always a slight whiff of gloom in the air. “Silently” glides on a gentle groove wrapped around a sad story; the doleful “My Impure Hair” asks, “Maybe I live again/But would I lose again my virginity?” This album is not recommended for driving; you could drive right off into oblivion, caught up in Blonde Redhead’s mystical melancholy.

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