Grinderman – Grinderman 2

If Grinderman’s first album captured four men in the throes of mid-life crises then Grinderman 2 is them getting their mojos back.

Firstly, Grinderman 2 is thematically broader than their debut: love, sex, death and billabongs all get a look in here. And by putting The Bad Seeds on the back burner once more, the sounds unleashed are richer and more textured.

Songs like Worm Tamer, with its scarifying guitars and serpentine melodies, are imbued with the sort of malign foreboding that Nick Cave and Warren Ellis bottled on their soundtrack for bleak, end-of-the-world flick The Road; Evil is punctuated by furious blasts of bouzouki while Bellringer Blues shimmers with hallucinatory waves of sound.

Absolutely awesome.


Review: Alison Grinter