Nine years on since their last album, TitleTKs sound remains resolutely fixed in the era that produced the definitive Last Splash. While the latter was imbued with a feeling of warm, voluptuous, and happy optimism, TitleTK is however a far more steely and stripped affair, shot through with a rugged confidence that nevertheless retains much of the bands defining traits. Ragged and buzzing guitars stop and start while drums carry time, and the Deal sisters voices sound at once both angelic and god-forsaken, if not completely identical at times.
I think this is an excellent record. There's a generous smattering of some of the beautifully languid melodies any previous fan would hope for - 'Off You', 'Too Alive', 'Forced to Drive' as well as the unmistakable Breeders sound of headlong guitar rushes that new listeners might more readily be captivated by - 'Son of Three', 'Huffer', and again 'Forced To Drive', a stand out track in my opinion.
As an album it hangs together well, perhaps even moreso than its predecessor, if only for its more clipped length, but it's clear that the intervening years has done nothing to diminish the Deal sisters' way with a catchy tune. Definitely darker and more ill at ease sounding, but that's never been a bad thing.