The Breeders are a jagged band. They love broken things, they always have. Their songs are unique because of this, it is both what makes them great and what makes them troubling to listen to at times.
On their latest record “All Nerve” you get to see the same old Breeders with scowling guitars and a fear to drop into a groove. The band will forever be defined by “Cannonball” and all time classic groove it has, the band seems to steer away from that direction for the most part here. On “Archangel’s Thunderbird” they make and exception to this and it quickly stands out as the best song on the album, the preceding song “Howl At The Summit” also stands out as one of the stronger moments here.. On other tracks like “Wait In The Car” and “All Nerve” the rhythms are disjointed, I realize this is no accident it makes this album sound like it is lost between alternative and art-rock. Slower, ambient songs like “Dawn: Making An Effort” and “Spacewoman” fail to hold interest well as they fade into the background.
Chances are if you love all of The Breeders other 4 records you’ll probably like this one too because not a lot has changed or progressed. This isn’t a bad record, it just fails to be thrilling or at times even interesting.
Key Tracks: “Archangel’s Thunderbird” “Howl At The Summit”