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After a couple of songs were released to the public, Phantogram announced this latest EP (just in time for their Oct. 8 appearance in Cleveland). “Black Out Days” brings the duo’s hip-hop-tinged blend of indie pop into 2013 with aplomb. And "Never Going Home," with Josh Carter taking a spin on the mic, may be the best song the band has written. In fact, most everything about this latest release eclipses the terrific music that came before it.
The Silver Gymnasium
“Pink-Slips” is a certain highlight on the album, followed up in short order by “Lido Pier Suicide Car.” There’s plenty of great stuff across the collection of songs, with a shifting mood moving around the album’s sands with nuance and care. Everything you love about the band is present, though there's a shimmer to the music that now gleams along the surface rather than dwelling in the darker corners of the compositions.
Nine Inch Nails
Proving that NIN still has plenty of gas in the tank, Trent Reznor's latest batch of industrial-strength cynicism hits the spot in ways that recent albums just hadn't. (The music hasn't sounded this good since 2005's With Teeth.) The grimy fun really picks up on "Came Back Haunted," which combines the best of Reznor's self-indulgent darkness and the poppy sensibilities he's slowly worked toward during his career.
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