Wim S. : Two years after the release of their previous full length album 'Lost Songs' the band with the terrible name (for fans that is) now releases another CD entitled 'IX'. The two unit Conrad Keely and Jason Reece have - again - managed to deliver another exciting album. With a magnificent looking cover on this CD we hear 11 songs that prove the band still belong to the absolute top of the American guitar rock.
The band excels in writing catchy songs. More than ever, the band sound much like Afghan Whigs; the fourpiece manages to blend rock with soul and pop perfectly. Passionate vocals, catchy riffs and always with a lot of melody and passion. Almost all tracks clock about 4 minutes and in that time the band has no problem in grabbing the listener by the throat, both lyrically and instrumentally. But also the two more epic tracks (‘How To Avoid Huge Ships' and 'Bus Lines') have so much content that they impress. There is not a bad song on this disc, really all the songs seem to captivate to a greater or lesser extent. This applies also to both the instrumental 'Like Summers Tempests Came His Tears' but also for the more raging ‘A Million Random Digits’. Great album!