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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Types of Wood by Whirlwind Heat

In the current climate of recycling everything the '90s had to offer, it seems like there isn't a better time to give whirlwind Heat a reappraisal. If, previously, they were merely a Jack White endorsed threesome, flecked with the Moog scented stains of Devo, this follow up to 2004's ‘Flamingo Honey’ finds the Michigan trio finally discovering their own grunge-lite voice. While it sometimes goes self consciously ‘wacky’ (as on ‘Gene Pool Donation’). ‘Types Of Wood’ is rescued by the likes of ‘Reagan’  the succulent sequel to ‘Summer Babe’ that Pavement never recorded. The rest is so unashamedly beaming with the spirit of 1991 that it should be wearing a flannel shirt and a woozy expression.

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