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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Sad and Sexy Sound of The Devastations, 21 Oct. 2006
If you're a fan of the lush string laden work of the tindersticks, these boys will do it for you. But their genius lies in the fact they can also give songs that space that you would hear in the finest of Dirty Three tunes. So as not to de-value this great bands originality by throwing in comparisons from the first line, it must be pointed out that they are the greatest new band I've heard for some years. Devastations just seem to have a natural ability to make a song hold every musical and lyrical ingredient that makes it sound fully formed but yet have a naked emotion only found in the best work of their influences. So even with the humour contained in songs like "Sex & Mayhem" and "What's a place like that doing in a girl like you" there is a dark edge to the songs that is more obvoius in the title track "Coal".
Even though production wise this album is more commercial than their classic debut, it still manages to be a slow burner revealing it's nuances after it's sank deep into your loins.
I don't give 5 star reviews easily, actually very rarely, so buy this record.