Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I Hate Music

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I Hate Music

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I HATE MUSIC

Superchunk (Merge Records, 2013)

Bands don't generally age well. Dropped from their labels, their albums gather dust, played only for nostalgia's sake. It's not an easy task to put out subsequent records and create a lasting impression. Do you keep writing the same songs, variations on the theme that first garnered your musical outfit attention? Or do you reinvent yourselves? One option runs the risk of sounding monotonous, the other of alienating once loyal fans.

On their 10th studio album, I Hate Music, Superchunk, purveyors of power pop, has done neither, instead developing the aggressive and jubilant sound that made them a standout in college radio more than 20 years ago. Nine years passed between 2001's Here's to Shutting Up and 2010's Majesty Shredding, and the latter was well worth the wait. But while Majesty reminded aging indie rockers of the joy of listening to music, I Hate Music asks them to stop and consider the trajectory of life, without sacrificing any of the breezy, sing-along worthy hooks that Superchunk is known for. …

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