Ted Leo And The Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks on LP
In 2010 New Jersey's Ted Leo And The Pharmacists returned after a two-year break with The Brutalist Bricks, their fourth album and Matador debut. This extraordinarily assured, wide-ranging album explores new ground for Ted, showcasing his singer-songwriter side while remaining emotionally and energetically true to his punk roots. From the thrilling opener "The Mighty Sparrow" to the apocalyptic "Last Days," startling influences reveal themselves. Sure, hardcore punk vibes are there, as is acoustically driven power-pop - but from Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, there's a softer, at times more introspective side at work, with one entirely acoustic number. In one song, the ghost of Josh Homme seems to hover momentarily. From start to finish, Ted's inventive, sparkling songwriting and his tightly wound, explosively chopworthy band keep the momentum ferocious and fascinating.