Posted by: will | November 29, 2006

The Plastic Constellations…

The Plastic Constellations “Crusades” (French Kiss)

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It makes perfect sense that The Plastic Constellations’ third album, Crusades is released on French Kiss Records. French Kiss was started by Les Savy Fav folks and the parallels musically between The Plastic Constellations and the Fav are quite similar. Both bands specialize in frenetic post-punk. But where Les Savy Fav seem to be dangerously close to going off the deep end at times, The Plastic Constellations just want to rock out and have some fun.

The Plastic Constellations are consistent if nothing else and that leads to many of Crusades‘ faults. As anthemic and fun a listen as the album is, you realize you’ve heard this all before. There is no growth here. Perhaps I should not expect it though. Perhaps I should just appreciate a catchy ROCK album for what it is. Ten songs in 35 minutes with not nary a break in the action much less a wealth of variation. The Plastic Constellations have no doubt perfected writing that particular album and Crusades hits the bullseye.

Crusades is a fine effort and any fan of the band’s first two albums will surely find a lot to enjoy. But for some reason, I can’t help but think the band seems to be lacking something here. I can’t really put my finger on it but I think people that have followed this band will notice it as well. Or maybe not. Maybe they will be too busy rocking out.

RIYL: The Hold Steady, Les Savy Fav, Pavement


The Plastic Constellations – Iron City Jungles (mp3)

The Plastic Constellations – Sancho Pazo (mp3)

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