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Moving Units
Moving Units
Dangerous Dreams
Palm Pictures


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Anyone"

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As the year wanes and we wave goodbye to the '80s post-punk revival, just as we did the '70s garage-rock rebirth last year, we're finding a few stragglers dangling from its metaphorical pant leg, grasping for the last remaining shreds of infamy. Los Angelenos Moving Units are one such group, and though they showed much promise on last year's self-titled EP, Dangerous Dreams is a thoroughly unimpressive and lackluster take on the NYC post-punk idiom first spelled out by ESG, Lydia Lunch and James Chance and the Contortions.

They can't seem to decide if they're a rock band, a punk band or a funk band, which leaves them floating in a quagmire somewhere between irritating and tepid. The only real ray of sunshine in the whole dark mess is "Anyone", a glowing, uptempo thing of synth-pop beauty that's completely at odds with the remainder of the album's gloomy demeanor.

Dangerous Dreams' late arrival was nearly enough to doom it to obscurity, but the disc's lack of new ideas puts the final nail in the coffin.



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