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6 out of 10
If it were not for the periodic outbreaks of Muse-guitars, you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a lost Tortoise album. The production, the structure, the percussion, the little plinky electronic bits - it's all Tortoise around you. Tracks 7, 8 and 9 even sounds in parts like direct samples of Chicago's post-rock collective.
This is not to say the Italian trio Aucan have produced some shoddy copy, far from it. It's an almost flawless piece of work, the worst aspect being that the guitars are a bit too Euro-metal (think Rammstein trying to tone it down a bit, or the aforementioned Muse). The drumming particularly stands out - heavy Jazz stylings expertly coupled with thumping rock bombast. There's much to enjoy here - but you may find yourself wandering back to Millions Now Living Will Never Die or TNT, rather than searching for more Aucan.
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