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ALBUM REVIEW: "What a Time To Be Alive" by Superchunk

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"What a Time To Be Alive" is Superchunk's 11th studio recording.
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ALBUM REVIEW: What a Time To Be Alive by Superchunk  (Merge) 2018

Buzzy, snappy, poppy and smart. The new Superchunk record, What a Time To Be Alive, comes five years after I Hate Music, a record Red Dirt Report thoroughly enjoyed and gave 4.5/5 Rusties way back in ’13.

Funny, though, how feelings and moods can change can change over five years. But with a serious band like Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Superchunk working hard for three decades now, giving their earnest indie-rock sound a fresh vibe each and every time, well, this latest record could not come at a better time.

And I should say that is because this 11-track recording by Mac McCaughan, Jim Wilbur, Laura Balance and Jon Wurster is overtly political and a musical rejection of Trumpism and everything it stands for.

Songs like the rapid-fire title track, “I Got Cut,” “Break the Glass” and the throwback tune “Reagan Youth,” are utterly inspirational in their middle-age rage and subtle optimism, as strange as it might sound. When Mac sings "All these old me / Won't die too soon / flesh balloons / Still waving their arms around," on "I Got Cut," well, one can't help but nod their head in agreement.

It has been said that Trump will lead to more interesting, angry and powerful music, be it punk, rap or indie-rock. Superchunk did not sit on their hands in this dark age of Trumpism. Rather, they picked up their instruments, wrote some songs and musically kicked ass.

What a Time To Be Alive is my favorite record of 2018, so far. Thank you for this gift, y’all!


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