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KUMD Album Reviews: Malachai-The Return to the Ugly Side
KUMD Album Reviews:  Malachai-<em>The Return to the Ugly Side</em>
Malachai's sophomore effort, Return to the Ugly Side , incorporates the sporadic cut & paste rock and roll style found on their previous album Ugly Side of Love, but this one exudes a more mature sensibility and acts as a welcome "older-sibling" companion to their debut. The dizzying eclecticism that made Ugly such a promising debut continues to affirm Malachai's status as one of the most highly creative rock acts in contemporary music on Return: '60s style rock is propelled by krautrock-inspired beats before winding down into a trip-hop fueled rainy night soundtrack. Malachai's sophomore effort, Return to the Ugly Side , incorporates the sporadic cut & paste rock and roll style found on their previous album Ugly Side of Love, but this one exudes a more mature sensibility and acts as a welcome "older-sibling" companion to their debut. The dizzying eclecticism that made Ugly such a promising debut continues to affirm Malachai's status as one of the most highly creative rock acts in contemporary music on Return: '60s style rock is propelled by krautrock-inspired beats before winding down into a trip-hop fueled rainy night soundtrack. All o this begins with a string overture! With a number of instrumental segues compelling the listener to experience the album in one sitting, which isn't difficult - Malachai never overstay their welcome. Return sounds overall more subdued but at the same time more focused than the Bristol duo's boisterous debut. Never fear though, there are still crunchy riffs to be found here and there throughout this short and sweet album. If you're looking for something new, look no further than the ugly side.

Recommended if you like: MC5, Tricky, White Stripes

Focus tracks: "Rainbows", "No More Rain No Maureen", "Anne"