Citizen Zombie

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The Pop GroupSKU: Freak 8

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Citizen Zombie marks the first collection of new material from the band in over 30 years, following a reunion in 2010 that saw a largely original lineup of the band performing and writing new songs again. While the raw intensity of their early days could never be completely captured, it's shocking how similar to their younger selves the Pop Group sound here. The buzzsaw bass groove and ranting, distorted vocals of the album-opening title track feel a bit reserved at first, but by second track "Mad Truth" the band taps into some of its unique funk-punk hybrid sound for a slinky slab of Bowie-esque disco that's equal parts sophisticated and gnarled. "Nowhere Girl" almost sounds like some kind of melodic pop but quickly becomes too fragmented and blown-out to pass for anything even remotely normal, with alternating waves of distortion and synthesizer blurts battling for space in the song's bizarre mix. "St. Outrageous" is ugly and rocking, bordering on industrial at times, while the speedy drum machine pulse and manic spoken word diatribe of "Nations" wind the best of the Fall, Faust, and Suicide into a terrifying three-minute package.

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