RIYLAt the Drive-In
TracklistYou Might Know Who We R, But We Know Who You R
My Donuts, God Damn!
Plastic Bottle Kid
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At the Haymarket Riot's new album In/Casino/Mog is...
It's an easy mistake to make. "Mog" reminds me so much of mid-era At the Drive-In work that I listen to it with the same ear I lend to ATDI. But one place it does differ is where ATDI has their characteristic spontaneity and flare for being cryptically obscure and fatally dramatic, Haymarket Riot unfortunately draws the comparison of not having as much character.
But this album is still very fun, and still very listenable; you could certainly do worse than to pick it up. This review was doomed to be as short as it is, because Haymarket Riot really does share that much in common with ATDI - vocals, lyrical style, instrumentations; there's nowhere to go with it. If you like ATDI, you'll like this. If you don't, you won't; it's really that simple.
Bottom line: a poor man's At the Drive-In.