Album review

Richard Buckner - Dents And Shells

The shocking thing about Richard Buckner's latest isn't its low-key magisterial elegance, which is always a hallmark of this fiercely individualistic songwriter. It's that, rather than mimic his intense noise-rock/punk stage show of recent times, Dents And Shells essentially comes on as Impasse II, unassumingly echoing his 2002 album's obtuse, impressionistic, non-linear songwriting. As ever, Buckner's dense, elliptical melodies and bits of whispered wisdom, given half a chance, will get under your skin and put you in a darkly meditative state. Best song: the hypnotic "Her", which, like his best material, is no more concrete than a long, late-afternoon shadow.

Rating: 3 / 10


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