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Judged by Twelve, Carried by Six

Blessure Grave
ALIEN 8

If someone tried to rip off Joy Division the same way Xiu Xiu did, but without the raw talent and ballsy experimentation, this is the result. Judged By Twelve … adroitly fills space with T. Grave’s goth-drone voice alongside muddy, near-constant bass. Every tear-jerking guitar melody veers toward The Cure, and occasionally wields the same pop power (“A Thousand Drums”). The album favors the repetitive over the expansive, mining for that old-school goth sound and succeeding better than most. Only hold-up: The band has yet to use that sound to express an idea rather than repeat it. Grab a more mature record from this group; they could grow into something cool.