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Detachment Kit
Of This Blood
French Kiss Records

Back in 2002, I somehow stumbled upon an album so insane, so sexy, and so punk rock, it just about converted me into a leather-clad hooker. This earth-shattering album was They Raging. Quiet Army, the debut LP from the Detachment Kit, an album that they recorded in one day. Now they're back with Of This Blood, and this time, they took their time in the studio-two weeks. And if you heard what they did with one day, you can only imagine what they've been able to accomplish with fourteen.

Whereas They Raging. Quiet Army was a diamond in the rough, Of This Blood has been polished and cut, and the sound, like light, has been refracted into many and varied hues of mood and style. From the tender intro, "Night of My Death", to the feral shriek of "Genivive the Countess" and everything in-between, this new album is a virtual kaleidoscope. Personal favorites include the swooping grandeur of "Skyscrapers", the Pixies-esque "Ted the Electric", the adorably off-key "Pill Cake", and the disco waltz rhythms of "This Music's For Strobelights". But the beauty of this album is that if you gave it to ten different people, they'd have ten different favorite tracks; there's literally something here for everyone. As a perfect example of what I'm talking about, I'd like to include a piece of a conversation my friend and I had while listening to this album in her car:

("Night of My Death" plays)
Friend: "Oh, this is pretty! I like this! Who is this band?"
Me: "Detachment Kit."
("Skyscrapers" plays)
Friend: "Wow, this is kind of loud. Who was that? (skips track)"
Me: "Detachment Kit."
("Ted the Electric" plays)
Friend: "Ha! Did he just say 'chi-chi-chi-chi-chow'? Hahaha! Hey, is this the Pixies?"
Me: "Nope, still Detachment Kit."
("Ricochet" plays)
Friend: "How pretty! This isn't Detachment Kit, too, is it?"
Me: "Yup."

Aside from my friend's alarming inability to recognize a continuing theme when she hears one, the point here is that this album excludes no one, even those who are typically afraid of "loud" music. And while lead singer Ian Menard describes their music as "developmentally challenged," it is anything but that. Each song is a complete and beautifully articulated thought - be it one of triumph, hope, anger, absurdity, or humor - and is occasionally tastefully accented by guest instrumentalists or vocalists. As a result, the album is both balanced and buoyant, without losing its bite. This is, after all, the Detachment Kit we're talking about.

Oh, and just in case you were thinking about burning the disc from a friend, or downloading it off the internet, you might want to re-think that decision. Let's just say that the band has a little surprise up its CD sleeves for those faithful who pay for the real thing.

- Emily Strong

Track Listing:

1. Night Of My Death
2. Skyscrapers
3. Ted the Electric
4. Ricochet
5. Chronology
6. Pill Cake
7. Vanish or Vanquish
8. The Race
9. When You Need…
10. Music For Strobelights
11. Roots Rock
12. Genivive the Countess
13. Ice Queen
14. Spider

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