Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (4 stars)

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

(One Four Seven Records)

It’s been a ridiculously long nine-year hiatus for this seminal Yank punk-pop outfit, the band members concentrating on running the pivotal Merge Records instead (and releasing a who’s who of American indie into the bargain). But goddamn it, it’s good to have ‘em back. The opening salvo of ‘Digging for Something’ and ‘My Gap Feels Weird’ contains everything that’s great about Superchunk – huge choruses, driven riffs, joy and energy and edginess lacing every thrusting bar. The great Superchunk trick is to make it all seem easy, when in reality making rock music this affirming is anything but.

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