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Braid: No CoastNo Coast (2014)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: RENALDO69RENALDO69
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Recently, I was part of an interesting discussion that tagged bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Braid, among others, as throwaway bands —— meant for a certain time and place —— which isn't "now." In the truest sense of the word "debate," many of the personnel involved had .
Recently, I was part of an interesting discussion that tagged bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Braid, among others, as throwaway bands —— meant for a certain time and place —— which isn't "now." In the truest sense of the word "debate," many of the personnel involved had a mutual musical respect and high admiration for the bands but still touted them as something arcane; a souvenir if you will. Now, I'll jump to making the point that No Coast isn't a typical Braid record. It mashes gears in a new, more contemporary direction at times, and as light as it is in going down this road, it's a pleasure to say that there are still enough throwbacks to remember their worth in the '90s. Is it enough to sate the ardent fans, waiting eagerly to sink into the new record? That's tough to call. But Braid definitely find themselves retaining a decent portion of their formative identity while fiddling to establish something new in the process.
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