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Whirlwind Heat
Whirlwind Heat
Do Rabbits Wonder?
V2


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Yellow"

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Whirlwind Heat were the first act signed to Jack White's Third Man imprint, so it's fair to assert that the eyes of the indie nation are focused directly upon this Grand Rapids-based synth/drums/bass trio. Fear not, wary listeners -- suspicions that the band are nothing more than junior Stripes are quickly put to rest as a procession of tinny synths and undulating basslines wrap their cold hands around "Orange" and strangle the last drop of melody from its frothy carcass. While the album's bouts of strangulated sexuality are initially stirring, this lack of melody eventually dooms Do Rabbits Wonder? to wallow in a torpid swamp of half-formed ideas and analog squall. "Purple", "Blue", and "Silver" strive towards, and intermittently achieve, moments of melodramatic wrath, but offer little in the way of peril or resolve. Any hopes that their label boss/producer might plug in and inject some six-string vitality into the humdrum proceeding are dashed to bits as "Grey" fizzles out in a tempest of gargling mini-moog.


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