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Climbing Light

by Prince Rupert's Drops

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Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly A heady mix of progressive/folk rock that is unconventionally lively, highly spirited and ultimately damn enjoyable. Incorporating psychedelic grooves and a neat jangle-pop style, Prince Rupert's Drops show how to make smart and fresh music. Favorite track: Doldrums.
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E'sPsychedelicBreakfast Without any doubt, this is the best album I’ve listenend to in a long time. It just has such a unique approach to mix multiple genres at a time and it's really hard to describe just how good this whole thing is, because there's not a single moment of bad music on this.
This album is such a great journey as soon as you hit play and continues to get better and better and better until the last note hits and you end up in wanting more of this! Favorite track: Death March.
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edski Great song title! And those solos! Entire album is a fun retro-psychedelic-inspired guitar-heavy freakout. Favorite track: Dangerous Death Ray.
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Following up on their stunning BBiB Records debut (“Run Slow”), Prince Rupert’s Drops reflect, refract and reemerge in the form of “Climbing Light,” their dark and brilliant second full-length album; forty-two minutes featuring eight songs of frighteningly unforgettable form. If the album’s title immediately brings to mind mainly the sweetness of the light, only progress in the climb, be forewarned. “Climbing Light” arrives as the band rings in their first full decade of existence – plenty of time for these songs to take in and breathe out the endless shades of light, the blinding white and the choking greys. The alchemy of Prince Rupert’s Drops is in the endlessly-fascinating way they dissolve the two into one, often more than once within the span of a single and singularly strange song.

The view that the light of “Climbing Light” isn’t all sunshine and finger-snaps is immediately clear, from the album’s beginning “Death March,” where a Mod-ified glam-rock swagger meets a Gregorian chant masquerading as power-pop and decides to lay its body down. The dread continues through the “Doldrums” that follow. The song is anchored by a bassline so steady as to be paranoid, sounding the alarm of the world-weary – “don’t get swept aside, never to be seen again.” This being Prince Rupert’s Drops, the echo of all life’s extermination is delivered under a shower of irresistible handclaps and sing-along chorus.

It’s a monumental, multi-hued musical death-trip that Prince Rupert’s Drops have delivered on “Climbing Light.” Even during the generous moments of beautiful, earth-worn balladry – such as the instant classic “Follow Me” – the vibe is cautious, at best, with regard to this climb into the band’s collective head, reminding us that we’re “a long, long way from home / where the wild beasts howl and roam.” And even during the album’s most B-movie bombastic beats – such as the instant classic “Dangerous Death Ray,” which recalls the tyranny and mutilation found in the heritage of Prince Rupert’s Drops New York home, as examined by cults of blue oysters or otherwise – there’s nothing to do except run for cover. And dance.
-Ryan Muldoon

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released November 11, 2014

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