Monday, February 25, 2008

Times New Viking - Rip It Off

Times New Viking - Rip it Off

Though the first few spins of Times New Viking's latest release, Rip it Off, prove to be laborous and ill-fated, there's a hidden indie gem beneath the crackling, lo-fi gimmick. Times New Viking might step just shy of the eponymous Bee Thousand and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain in which their shape is molded from, but Rip it Off is delectable and ecstatic, filled to the top with abrasive pop hooks, melodic songwriting, and a thick wall of fuzzy exuberance. Times New Viking set these phasers to stun.