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All Tomorrow's Parties Reviewed: Breeders And Fans Strike Back II
John Doran , May 26th, 2009 08:02

The Quietus (in the form of John Doran, Luke Turner, Jeremy Allen, Phil Hebblethwaite, Andrzej Lukowski, Maria Jefferis, Stu Green, Andy Ennis and Edd Westmacott) stumble around Minehead Butlins snapping and scribbling. The luckiest are the ones that died first . . .



Wandering up from the tender-hearted, ramshackle fun of The Breeders into Tricky’s set is sort of akin to trading Alton Towers for an outer circle of Hell. Occasionally it further descends into chillout horrorshow (lady vocalist Costanza Francavilla has all the presence of an empty pint pot) but so long as Adrian Thaw holds court this is spine-tingling, an object lesson in theatrical intensity and infernal charisma. This would render Tricky's recent on-record attempts to show his humanity laughable, were the nighmarish figure stalking his band and growling through his abdomen in any way comical; just a shame it’s been a decade since he’s been able to capture but an echo of this on tape.