Finally, my neighbours tedious overplaying of Michael Buble’s “To be Loved” (yes, she even has the 3 CD set) is now over. I’ve out outplayed her and managed to erase the awful crooning voice from my memory all thanks to the best album of 2013, so far.

Speedy Ortiz and their “Major Arcana” album is not only a breath of fresh air in my apartment block but also to the indie-rock establishment.

This album contains everything you could ever want on a top grade indie album and so, so much more. For example…

School bullying scenario now tuned in amazing rage filled projection – Done

Thrashing guitars built around intoxicating melodies – Done

Slower, beautiful, meaningful songs inserted to give the listener time to catch his or her breath – Done

The album is quite relentless. If unprepared it could leave you wondering what has just happened. Most of the songs are under, or around, the 3:30 minute mark and everyone of them leaves a positive impression. There is utter beauty in “No Below”, even if the subject matter is extremely dark. It’s guitar solo is haunting and demands additional volume.

“Cash Cab” and “Hitch” almost sound slightly out of key. Not a criticism. It’s clever and adds a wonderful atmosphere to the tracks. Both are raw and brash. When considering the album as a whole you not only have to congratulate the band but also consider the talent involved in producing something of this quality. I would suggest Mr Justin Pizzoferrato take a bow.

This album deserves any recognition it gets. In these days if mass produced TV talent show crap this is testament to how it should be done. It is absolutely glorious on every level.

1. Pioneer Spine
2. Tiger Tank
3. Hitch
4. Casper (1995)
5. No Below
6. Gary
7. Fun
8. Cash Cab
9. Plough
10. MKVI

Download: No Below, Cash Cab

Rating: 5 out of 5

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