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Pinhead Gunpowder: Kick Over the TracesKick Over the Traces (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: crackpotdemagoguecrackpotdemagogue
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Not many bands last as long as two decades, and those who do have often had to compromise something at some point in their careers to make it the distance. Bands are often broken by conflicting egos, ‘artistic differences’ or by the strains inflicted upon them by demanding recording contracts. Pinhead Gunpowder are not one of those bands. The East Bay ‘supergroup’ have consistently and almost habitually shunned not only the spotlight, but also any perceived notion of ‘commitment.’ Pinhead Gunpowder are on a constant hiatus, but not a hiatus that is self-enforced. The band are simply always in a state of stasis, coming together only when it suits each member -- which is not, it would appear, very often. For this reason alone, fans of the ‘Gunpowder have long since acquired patience as a core virtue, and have learned to enjoy and to savour the group’s precious output whenever it erratically arrives. This time, that arrival comes in the form of a ‘greatest hits’ compilation, Kick Over the Traces.
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