Mission of Burma – The Sound, The Speed, The Light

October 7, 2009

For me, the sublime moment on the new Mission of Burma lp, “The Sound, The Speed, The Light,” comes when the fury that builds over tracks 1 through 3, culminating in the excellent “Blunder,” segues into the even better “Forget Yourself,” a stunning slow-burner in the tradition of “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver” and “Trem Two” that reminded me of that commencement talk by David Foster Wallace, both for what it said and for what happened after that.
But, the truth is, there’s not a weak track on this album.
Amazing that even after 30 years, we can listen to a new Mission of Burma lp; that even after 30 years, it would stand tall with their very best; that even after 30 years, we’d need it more than ever.

ole-878For me, the sublime moment on the new Mission of Burma lp, “The Sound, The Speed, The Light,” comes when the fury that builds over tracks 1 through 3, culminating in the excellent “Blunder,” segues into the even better “Forget Yourself,” a stunning slow-burner in the tradition of “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver” and “Trem Two” that reminded me of that commencement talk by David Foster Wallace, both for what it said and for what happened after that.

But the truth is, there’s not a weak track on this album.

Amazing that even after 30 years, we can listen to a new Mission of Burma lp; that even after 30 years, it would stand tall with their very best; that even after 30 years, we’d need it more than ever.

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