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Skarekrauradio delights in stretching out songs to headache-inducing levels and then turning around and spitting out a perfect (relatively speaking) pop song. "MySpace Girl" is one such song, two minutes of Evol-era Sonic Youth mixed with unintelligible, shouted vocals. That's about as straight as the band gets; the rest of the album is composed of repeated and manipulated sounds and patterns. Often the snatches of sound are either underplayed or overplayed the dubby, industrial "Cumming" is one of the disc's best moments, but at 45 seconds, it's over before it begins. The next track, "I Can See the Wind Blowing Inside of Me," repeats the same clanging guitar chord at the same tempo for seven minutes before Kricket Greene adds her sweet-and-sour, sing-song voice. If the music can be a challenge at times (the band calls its sound "irritainment"), the CD packaging itself is beautiful, a hand-stamped outer slipcase with a stenciled cover. As an artifact, it's a perfect representation of the band: individual, handmade and not intended for mass consumption. Christian Schaeffer
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