michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — CROOKED FINGERS

In album review on 09/22/2011 at 9:59 am

Crooked Fingers

Breaks in the Armor

(Merge)

Because he’s considered an indie-rock artiste, Eric Bachmann often suppresses his more tuneful and openhearted urges. But try as he might, they manage to break through the din of Crooked Fingers’ sixth album, a rousing and occasionally accessible record that ranks as one of Bachmann’s all-time best. That’s no small thing, considering he guided noise-rock heroes Archers of Loaf through most of the ’90s. The one-man band Crooked Fingers is more scaled down, but no less intense. On the opening track, “Typhoon,” Bachmann sings “There’s a typhoon blowing” with part dread, part anticipation. And that’s pretty much how he operates: balancing the loud and the soft, fear and hope. With Breaks in the Armor,Bachmann doesn’t sound like he’s taking a victory lap. He sounds like he’s just getting started.

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