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The (International) Noise Conspiracy: The Cross of My CallingThe Cross of My Calling (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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First impressions are lasting, and The Cross of My Calling is actually my first taste of the Swedish post-Refused band, the (International) Noise Conspiracy. The group's sophomore run with producer Rick Rubin takes punk, garage, soul and straight rock 'n' roll into an amalgamation of sound that’s intent is to capture that organic `60s tone: Voice cracks and fret noise are all present and the distortion factor is at minimum in the same fashion Green Day accomplishes with Warning:. The rhythm section itself consists of a noodling bassist that you both hear and feel, a guitarist who utilizes huge-sounding open chords and blues phrasing while tastefully placed pianos, organs, harmonicas and bongos embellish the rest of the empty spaces -- oh, and let's not forget the drummer who pounds about, shifting times effortlessly throughout the 14 tracks.
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