Album review

Dirty Three - She Has No Strings Apollo

Ten years ago, Dirty Three established a uniquely formidable sound. Brooding, emotionally wrought instrumentals that drew on Celtic folk and gothic gloom via feedback-drenched menace. They haven't deviated much since, but this album shows their idiosyncrasies are still intact. Mood-wise it's their bleakest yet, with their turbulent ebb and flow unleashing both joy and sorrow. Even when apparently serene, that wound-coil tension is palpable. This makes Godspeed You! Black Emperor sound about as intense as Gomez.

Rating: 3 / 10


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