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The Breeders | All Nerve
According to Liz Itkowsky: “All Nerve feels a bit like a greatest hits album, despite having no previously released songs. Each track is an homage to something that already exists in The Breeders’ canon. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Though All Nerve rarely feels contrived, it’s easy to draw a line from new tracks to the ones of the past.
While hope feels thin, All Nerve isn’t a collection of songs about despair. There is an anxious current running beneath each track, electrifying and inconsolable at the same time. Throughout the album it feels like the group is evicting shame to make space for loneliness (or maybe just reflection). The optimism comes from the existence of the album, and the collective effort of the four people needed to make it happen.
Men have often been given the space and time to continue the pursuit of art and vanity. Waiting ten years for The Breeders to give us another album is an act of faith their collective talents are worthy of. And as most cool moms would remind you, patience is a virtue.”