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Herzog ‎– Cartoon Violence (Vinyl LP)

Herzog ‎– Cartoon Violence (Vinyl LP)

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The second LP from Cleveland, Ohio’s Herzog is a significant step forward from their 2010 debut Search; a record which sounded, by turns, like a band unsure of itself, then all-too-sure that it wanted to sound exactly like early Pavement. On Cartoon Violence, that lo-fi influence is conspicuously absent, with a bittersweet draught of power-pop threading its way through the record in its place.

Despite the misanthropic tinge to the lyrics – opener Fuck This Year sums up the air of tongue-in-cheek nihilism – the music is all Beach Boys-style rolling harmonies and full-blooded power-chord choruses. You Clean Up Nice is a highlight: a sparkling take on sunkissed punk-pop that oozes vitality. Although the quintet seems to lose a little focus on slower tracks like Dreaming Man II, Cartoon Violence, for the most part, is the sound of a band gleefully asserting a newly-consolidated identity.

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Tracklist

A1 Fuck This Year
A2 Rock And Roll Monster
A3 You Clean Up Nice
A4 Rich People Ballad
A5 Dreaming Man
B1 Feedback
B2 Your Son Is Not A Soldier
B3 Shakspearean Actress
B4 Alexander The Great