Kim & Leanne - True West
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People will say there’s a lot of the Scientists in this album and the antecedents of both members of the duo makes it hard for that not to be the case. It’s also true that Salmon became the dominant force in that band so any mirrored traits are as much his as his old band’s. That’s not to understate the contributions of his bandmates, but Salmon’s harrowing vocals and circular, insistent fuzz guitar lines were the glue for those throbbing one-note bass-lines and primal drum feels. Kim and Leanne is very much a partnership on-stage but the songs are Salmon’s, with co-producer and Precious Jewels bandmate Michael Stranges a co-writer.
Make no mistake: From the creeping damp of industrial-smeared opener “The Science Test” to the piercing wail of “Freudian Slippers” and the death march of “Rude Embryos”, these are great songs. They’re not as brazenly abrasive as the last Surrealists album “Grand Unifying Theory” but they’re ugly enough in their own way.