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His Name is Alive 


His Name is Alive returns from four years of hibernation with a tonal overview that gathers the concepts of Warren Defever's brilliantly inconsistent experimental pop catalogue to forge a brighter cohesive album. Detrola upgrades the various approaches with which Defever and Co. have tinkered since the early '90s. "Introduction" climaxes as thunderous applause morphs into white noise. "I Thought I Saw U" is a gorgeous pop gem that sparkles with Andrea and Lovetta Pippens' sophisticated crooning over Burt Bacharachian melodies. The stylishly spooky pop tones carved out by Casio beats and tape loops that define HNIA come to a fine point in "*C*A*T*S" and "Your Bones." With Detrola, HNIA cannibalizes its own body of work to flesh out its most characteristic sounds under one title that's as much an entry point to the group's past as it is to its future. 4 stars

His Name is Alive plays the Drunken Unicorn Tues., May 23, with Partisan and Nomo.

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