Magazine article New Internationalist

The Underside of Power

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Underside of Power

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The Underside of Power by Algiers (Matador OLE 1171, Vinyl, CD, Limited Vinyl, Digital)

There is a lot going on in Algiers' second album, musically and politically, and it's all expressed with an articulate fury against a US political system that cracks, strains and groans against its contradictions.

If that sounds too much to take on board, let's just say that the mighty-voiced Franklin James Fisher and Algiers do it with as much gospel-inspired, synthstabbing drama as is possible. Not many people could turn a phrase such as 'cryptofascist contagion' into a call to the dancefloor. Post-punk, Southern swamp rock and the electro-scuzz of the artier bands in the electronica spectrum, have never been so sanctified.

Algiers has chosen a big sound palate, used in a historically based, musical argument that makes the case for its political and social urgency. …

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