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Kings of the Unclassifiable Age,
This review is from: Skinny Grin (Audio CD)
Punk has dabbled with jazz in its time (Karate, Burning Airlines, etc.) but the notion of formally-trained musicians signed to a jazz label taking up where Fugazi left off when they went on "indefinite hiatus" seemed fanciful at best. That, though, is just what Acoustic Ladyland did on 2005's "Last Chance Disco". On the follow-up, "Skinny Grin", Peter Wareham still plays his saxophone as if it were a guitar, but there is more stylistic variation and greater use of vocals. One minute the ghost of Jimi Hendrix rears its head, the next you're wondering if that's Suggs from Madness at the mic. Space is also found for avant-garde noise, classical piano, bludgeoning Napalm Death-style guitar, primitive punk and even an R 'n B song with female vocals. The common factor is sheer exuberance which, such is the competence of the band, never goes off the rails. Make no mistake - Acoustic Ladyland are class.