Algiers is back with an album perfectly suited for 2017. The two years since the release of Algiers’s self-titled debut has seen the political landscape turn into a hostile and caustic place. So to has Algiers shifted their sound. They have traded in their joyous gospel sound for industrial beats and more abrasive production. This is not to say that the band has completely overhauled their sound. Algiers’s vocalist, Franklin James Fisher, comes through with some great singing in his characteristic voice but now that the subject matter is more urgent and heated the delivery is enlivened with just that kind of energy. The lyrics are at their most urgent on the track Cleveland which comments on the unremitting violence against African Americans by law enforcement. The track itself crescendos with Fischer singing the names of victims of police brutality.
This is a taste of the music the Trump era his inspired.
Standout Tracks: The Underside of Power, Walk Like a Panther, Cleveland