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Sian Alice Group: Trouble, Shaken, Etc.

The avant-rock group's second album is as quietly ambitious as 59:59, its 2008 debut, though some of the musical experimentation makes it “less-accessible.”

(Social Registry)

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Sian Alice Group’s sophomore album demands attention, “albeit graciously,” said Thom Jurek in All Music Guide. As quietly ambitious as 59:59, its 2008 debut, Trouble, Shaken, Etc. is “lovely, feminine, and subtly adventurous.” The British avant-rock act’s swirling atmospheric pop seduces listeners into a quietly lush “sonic bedroom,” where “time is suspended and the outside world vanishes entirely.” “Love That Moves the Sun” lures in listeners, as frontwoman Sian Ahern keeps them charmed with her lithe, almost emotionless voice. On “Close to the Ground,” her “commanding vocals” soften the ominous arrangements behind them, said Joe Colly in Pitchforkmedia.com. At moments like these, the band seems “versatile enough to work comfortably within genres.” But too often it forgoes simple melodies and song structure for “deeper explorations of free jazz, krautrock,” and whimsical instrumental passages. While experimentation is admirable, it makes this a “less-accessible” record.

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