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5.0 out of 5 stars
Listen to that., 26 Feb 2005
"The Shape of Punk to Come" cheekily borrows its title from jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman's seminal album, "The Shape of Jazz to Come". Recorded in 1959, Coleman and trumpeter Don Cherry moved jazz to a different level with the range and infectiousness of their improvisational melodies. Similarly, Refused's witty patchwork of May-day mayhem, though quite an assault on the senses, rewards patience and repeated listening. An album that asks its listener to have a conscience doesn't deserve to be hustled into categories like 'metalcore' or 'hardcore'. Coleman once said, "Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time." Though it's unlikely we'll ever have the pleasure, if Refused, like the Mars Volta, are able to use their recorded material as a depature point for their live set, then "The Shape of Punk to Come" would be truly deserving of its title.