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Dudley Corporation
The Lonely World of the Dudley Corporation Rock LP
Flameshovel Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's something bubblin' in Dublin (thanks Jay-Z!) These Irish boys kick off their domestically released LP with "Doh ray mi assholes" and promptly conjure up early Pavement both instrumentally and vocally thereafter. Start-stop guitars are the name of the game, but not with so much math precision as Braid, and heartfelt and wide ranged vocals are ripped from the throat, but with way more effect than fellow pub-dweller Bono. No Irish stereotypes meant to be perpetuated. The album originally was released in 2001 but was brought to America in 2002 by Chicago's Flameshovel Records. Recorded at the Chemikal Underground Studio in Glasgow, where Songs:Ohia worked in recent years, the production offers a very full sound for a trio. The Dudley Corporation's songs often switch from slow and lazy rock that is slightly great to frenetic pop that is even greater ("Stupid"). Sometimes they lope along in 6/8 time as they switch from soft to loud without even a trace of emo ("Divil the Bit") and sometimes they sway along as acoustic numbers full of lush violins ("Quick") or even the magical instrument known as the saw ("Hed") spew forth. Any which way you take it, The Dudley Corporation make energetic and creative rock and roll that pays just enough attention to conventions while borrowing heavily from the greats of indie rock, but still manages to stand on its own.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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