Supersystem, Always Never Again

Andy Battaglia

By Andy Battaglia

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Always Never Again

Dance-rock that refuses post-punk cliches and is all the more invigorating for it.

Throwing a wildcard where most dance-minded rock bands revert to familiar post-punk angularity, Supersystem lace hooky electro riffs with guitar lines pulled from old Ethiopiques records. It's a deliberate and literal fusion, but the snaky quasi-African figures in "Born Into the World" and "Six Cities" add an intriguing air of mystery to songs that could have easily sounded like countless others. They don't, and the whole approach comes off as brash and invigorating, especially on "Click-Click," a raucous rock song redressed in densely layered robes that get discarded as the heat keeps rising and rising.