Chairlift – Guilty As Charged

February 16, 2012

The sophomore showing in music, sports, art or even your proverbial desk job is often the most telling when it comes to evaluating substance. That’s why Chairlift’s Something is worth recognizing as more than just a step forward for a young band, but a debutante album from a Brooklyn duo who has crafted something so focused and diverse that it may make some best of 2012 lists. On “Guilty As Charged” Caroline Polachek supplies all the intimacy that makes St. Vincent’s Annie Clark so enrapturing, but Patrick Wimberly balances that intimacy with a mix that feels dark and guttural. It’s the perfect closer for an LP that is clearly the result of deliberate and careful conceptualization.

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