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Before, the surprise was that after 20 years of hiatus, the band was just as good as ever. Now, they're even better, more cohesive and confident, louder and funnier, still learning from life and each other, and using that experience to create ever more compelling music.” –Dusted

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From the outset, Unsound was not going to be like any other Mission of Burma album. As expected, the material is raw, primal and aggressive. They still have a signature knack for twisting even the most ferocious noise into complex structures. There are, of course, those killer hooks scattered throughout, but just not quite where you would expect. Yet with all three lead members resolutely making the decision to deliberately stretch their boundaries even further, they stepped out of their comfort zone to create their most rewarding, bewildering and multifaceted long-player yet. Unsound is Mission of Burma s 5th studio album, continuing their remarkable legacy. It seems redundant now to even call it a comeback because they re a dynamic, current band. Originally together just four years, from 1979-83, Mission of Burma reformed in 2002 for a handful of shows...which let to more concerts, then more, and eventually the release of 2004's "ONoffON", their first new recording in over twenty years. But no one expected them to just keep putting out records, let alone records that were every bit as vital and influential as their seminal early recordings. Their first album Vs is down in the annals of time as being one of the most important post-punk records ever. Their subsequent recordings: "ONoffON", "The Obliterati", "The Sound, The Speed, The Light", and now, "Unsound", continue to grow in scope, depth and accomplishment with every step. On "Unsound" we see Mission of Burma messing with their comfort zone by recording in their Boston rehearsal space which doubles as a recording studio: Analog Divide. As usual, Roger Miller (guitar, vocals), Clint Conley (bass, vocals) and Peter Prescott (drums, vocals) share the songwriting credits with their distinct styles. All of them tried their hand at other instruments and sounds, allowing them to take risks with their creativity and giving them a more fluid line-up. Of course, regular fourth member Bob Weston (of Shellac) was on hand to provide the tape loops and production duties. As part of the manifesto to stretch musical boundaries, Roger wrote two of his songs ( Opener and ADD in Unison ) on the bass rather than guitar. Another ("Dust Devil") was based on an acoustic guitar improvisation. Both Clint and Peter also tweaked their writing just enough to make them feel it was actually worthwhile making another record. They also decided to use trumpet on the record, so Bob pulled out his trumpet playing skills to oblige. Peter Prescott describes the experience: We are a four headed hydra trying to create unity without canceling or censoring each head. So we juggle melody, groove, noise, depression, disruption, ecstasy... tension, release. I guess it s thrilling for us to walk that musical tightrope. Clint Conley describes being in the studio: There were certain technological advances, as well, that might have been unthinkable just a few short years ago, in a distant time and century. During the mix at Woolly Mammoth, Peter occasionally opted for a virtual presence. From time to time a hologram of his head would appear, hovering in a darkened corner, issuing directives and encouragement. Not to say there weren't occasional glitches in the system. For a few days the hologram seemed locked in a mystifying loop, calling for more cymbals, regardless of whether the band were working on a mix or ordering Vietnamese food. The results are spectacularly successful. With Unsound , Mission of Burma has achieved its goal of making something utterly unique and stretching the realms of musical possibility. Mission of Burma's curiosity and creativity remain undiminished. The graph just keeps rising...the boundaries breaking...and the ears ringing.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great MOB album 12 July 2012
By Skyler J. Davis - Published on
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Ho hum. I get a certain type of aural pleasure from listening to a new MOB album that I don't get from any of my other albums. They have really perfected post-punk, but at the same time have created this unique sound that nobody could ever copy. What other band has three band members consisting of a drummer, bassist, and guitarist that trades off lead singing duties from song to song with each member owning a unique, perfect voice for the genre? None, in my estimation. Oh yeah, they also together create wonderful vocal harmonies. And the instruments? Do you like idiosyncratic drumming, angular guitar riffs, strange tape manipulations, an overall sonic attack that creates a highly original noise, yet oddly catchy tunes? This is rock music that creates brain cells.

I do like this album more than their last also-great album The Sound, The Speed, The Light but not quite as much as Vs., OnOffOn, or The Obliterati. The biggest gripe I have over this one is that it clocks in at only 35 minutes. 2-3 more songs probably would have made this one just as good as their best ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a cohesive, manipulated dose of dissonance, turmoil & controlled tension 1 Aug 2012
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
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7th release since 1981 from this now iconic Boston experimental rock band. They're an acquired
taste; a manipulated dose of dissonance and turmoil with a riveting undercurrent of power.
Herky-jerky post-punk with a viciously ripping rhythmic angularity that's balanced by a well-
developed sense of how to integrate melody with the politics of noise & anger. M.O.B. has
perfected the art of building controlled tension by placing urgent talk/sing vocals over vacillating
layers of antsy, spazzed-out guitar chords that swirl feedback into a cohesive wave of sound.
Members have played in several other bands, including Birdsongs Of the Mesozoic, Shellac,
Volcano Suns, Kustomized. Sometimes recalls Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, early Mekons,
Scumbag Philosopher. Another strong, challenging album form a talented band with a unique
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do they still do it? 13 Oct 2012
By P. Sumida - Published on
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I've been listening to MoB since the late 80s, when I bought the Rykodisc reissue of "Signals, Calls, and Marches" and "Vs." Since they reunited, I listen to clips of their new songs expecting to be disappointed. I never am. Unsound is no exception. Great wordplay, interesting sounds, bombastic and overpowering instrumental music. It still sounds fresh in 2012. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this, but I am. Love it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Not *that* Roger Miller! 1 Dec 2013
By vvv - Published on
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These guys will be forever underground, where they belong, and I'm right there with them. Loud, noisy, sometimes mathematical and sometimes avant, always aggressive and surprisingly sensitive, MOB's re-appearance in '04 was a big surprise, and that their records are are so much better (despite the apparent lack of even the radio play they had 80's) is both awesome and logical. Cool sleeve, too.

I wish they would cover "King of the Road".
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back the classic sound 4 Jan 2013
By Richard Salz - Published on
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I remember seeing Mission of Burma graffiti all over Cambridge in the early 1980's. This album brings back the raw, DIY, sound of that time. So far, nothing as catchy as the Academy Fight Song, but the phrase "semi psuedo sort-of plan" is definitely stuck in my head. Loud raucous fun.
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