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Fucked Up: David Comes to Life  

Matador Records

Never let it be said that Toronto prog-punkers Fucked Up can't commit themselves to a high-minded concept. Their loud, ambitious third disc, David Comes to Life, is a knotty conceptual record about guilt, grieving and rebirth. Plot details aside, David Comes to Life is just a great punk album, as aesthetically pretty as Thurston Moore's new Demolished Thoughts, but miles more fun. David Comes to Life wrings power from the dichotomy between its fundamentally opposing voices. On songs such as "The Other Shoe," a chorus of sad, chirpy female vocals cut through the mix, clashing beautifully with volatile singer Damian Abraham. Although it lacks the psychedelic bent and experimental textures of its 2008 predecessor, The Chemistry of Common Life, the new album is fueled by a more immediate sense of urgency. There's a raw-nerved desperation in Abraham's voice as he pleads for "One More Night." (4 out of 5 stars)

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