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Following on from their excellent debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, sees Messrs Ford and Shaw upping the guest quota this time round. Beth Ditto (showing she can effortlessly do disco diva as well as rock chick), Jamie Lidell, Yeasyer’s Chris Keating and Super Furry’s Gruff all helping make their associated tracks standouts. The latter two’s nonsense rhymes, “She was a power station leaking radiation and it got right under my skin” and “I got that grape kool-aid filled swimming pool” being particular highlights. The Todd Rundgren sampling Synthesise still sounds just as good as when it first surfaced in May so it’s a shame that Bad Blood with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Ambulance featuring Telepathe bring the the album to a somewhat forgettable close. A tad pedestrian towards the end and missing a manic moment like Tits and Acid from it’s predecessor but a Simian Mobile Disco album firing on 2 of 3 cylinders is still a worthwhile purchase.
How is it that a UK based production team can seemingly make authentically fantastic Gothic drenched gospel tinged Americana? By roping in Mark Lanegen as a collaborator is how. On the face of it, the Soulsaver’s third album feels more of an extension of their last but with more guests (Mike Patton, Richard Hawley, Jason Pierce amongst others) and the guitars brought to the fore makes for a more rounded effort. Not that “It’s Not How Far You Fall…” was particularly shoddy. It’s still very much Lanegan’s show though with him being on 9 of the 13 tracks. This is a good thing by the way. Now bring on Leeds Festival.