Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Casual Dots

  • Sanguine Truth [Ixor Stix, 2022] A-

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Sanguine Truth [Ixor Stix, 2022]
Where this two-gals-and-a-guy aggregation's 2004 debut was amelodically instrumental-experimental enough to slot as riot grrrl with the rough edges sanded off, their very belated follow-up is songful enough to call grrrl group even if it's grrrl group about the end of the world. Yet apocalyptic though "When those in power play their money games/They ruin this world they ruin for all" and "How could you live free?/How could you be snug in your bed?/When visions of violence/Dance in your head" may be, they don't ignore the post-erotic/romantic shortfalls political malfeasances so often fuel. On the contrary--they situate them in history. A-