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Album Review: Parts and Labor - Constant Future


PARTS AND LABOR
CONSTANT FUTURE

(Jagjaguwar)
www.partsandlabor.net

If you listen to the catalog of Brooklyn's Parts and Labor, there's a certain progression that happens. The band add vocals and become more accessible. The band tame down their sound and become less noisy and less abrasive. However, throughout it all they still end up sounding cohesive. Their latest, Constant Future, comes out this Tuesday and continues the pattern that they have developed.

The question, of course, is can they take this too far? At what point is their noisy history completely abandoned in favor of a more pop sound? Vocally, the band have never been better, though they're still far from being "good" singers in a traditional sense. The noisiest elements of Parts and labor seem to take a back seat here as they continue to forge their new sound. It's not completely absent; it just doesn't feel front-and-center. It would be nice to hear some more abrasive elements on this record, or at least have them a little louder in the mix.

The new record might not be the band at their best, but it's still pretty damn great. If Parts and Labor never had to deal with their amazing back catalog, this would be fantastic in isolation. However, they will always be an act that have a lot of expectations to live up to, and even coming close to meeting them is a feat.


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