NOTS: 3 (Upset the Rhythm) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Upset the Rhythm

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You would think, 40 years after Joy Division, the general listening public would tire by now of skin-of-your-teeth post-punk. But Memphis trio NOTS aim to sabotage the model with 3, their third album and first as a leaner trio. Yet, while the alien sound effects can lend a kooky air, Natalie Hoffman's deadpan delivery and redundant lyrics often hew too close to the serious studs they intend to replace. Gone are the walls of hacksaw noise that crossed last album Cosmetic, along with many of the landmarks that dotted their dry bass desert chases.

At least "Woman Alone" and "Surveillance" remind us, if only for a few minutes, of the potential that NOTS could've had as bellwethers for the insurgence to independence this modern era needs. Beyond thatand the fuzzed-out conclusion, "Built Environment"3 sadly feels flat, a shadow of so many stalkers from the past. (

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