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Album: Born Again Revisited

Artist: Times New Viking

Label: Matador


By their fourth album, Times New Viking’s dogged loyalty to blowing out every level on the board is starting to seem less like scrappy spontaneity and more like a well-worn aesthetic groove.  As usual, their appeal rests on the ability of solid pop songcraft to shine through the sh*tgaze haze-some tracks make it, some don’t.  A pretty standard TNV album, all told, but if you haven’t heard them before, consider this your introduction to one the first and best bands of the ‘oos lo-fi revival.  Times New Viking has soared to the top of the charts this week.

This is KSPC’s #1 album for the week of October 26, 2009.