Judged by Twelve, Carried by Six
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.