Joe GransingerFriday,11 October 2013

The Snap:

Punk-rock group Parquet Courts have released their new EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke, which is a follow-up to last year’s full-length album, Light Up Gold. A video for the single “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” has also surfaced, featuring a weird little red ghost-dude that bounces around the screen following the lyrics to the track.

Tally All the Things That You Broke is currently available on Spotify and iTunes.

The Download:

Parquet Courts’ Light Up Gold album was ridiculously good, and is still one of the best punk releases in the last 20 years – not that there’s a lot of competition, but still – it’s a great album. And Tally All the Things That You Broke continues onward with the high energy, yelling, and punky-goodness that made Light Up Gold one of the best albums of the year.

The biggest improvement made on the new EP is the lyrics, which are mostly focused on the topic of heartbreak, and how “toothache is better than heartache,” which also happens to be “Self-Evident Truth #1” on the EP’s strange album cover.

You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now is clearly the best song on the EP, as some tracks – especially “The More it Worksfall into the lyrically repetitive lull that post-punk bands cherished 25 years ago, but now sounds extremely outdated. However, not all is bad outside of the single, as “He’s Seeing Paths” carries a Beck/Beastie Boys-esque style that fits the band perfectly, and is a great way to end the EP.

Tally All the Things That You Broke is an impressive release, not only showing off the bands punk-rock mastery, but also the musical diversity that didn’t appear on their first two albums.

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