Channels, Waiting For The Next End Of The World

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The latest project from Jawbox's J Robbins lives up easily to the legacy he forged with both that legendary outfit as well as his work with Burning Airlines. Robbins still has a way with tangled guitar riffs, managing to make them sound chaotic and tidy all at the same time. There's an undeniable tunefulness to the songs, but they never sink into rote rock and roll. Instead, Robbins keeps them delightfully off-kilter; the guitars yawn and scratch in the background of the riotous "The Licensee" and stammer and blurt through "$99.99". Even when the vocal melodies are sturdy and solid, the chaos of the instrumentation keeps things riveting and unpredictable. Robbins 'wife, Janet Morgan is indispensable, a snarling response to Robbins 'soulful call. Waiting for the Next End of the World is a welcome comeback from a reliable force.