This Chapel Hill quartet has been a consistent force for almost 25 years and don’t show any signs of slowing down just yet. On their latest album – “I Hate Music” – they might have thrown in a couple of moments where the pace is a bit more mellow or where the guitars are just a tad bit quieter but overall Superchunk is still doing what they do best… cranking out power-pop tunes with loud guitars.
Songs like “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” and “FOH” are the hits. “Staying Home” is 75 seconds of fast-paced drums and screeching guitars while “Low F” dials things down a bit without turning into a ballad. You’ll have to wait until “Out Of The Sun” rolls around for that one. Basically, they still use the same tricks they’ve been using since their debut. But they are good tricks so frankly, I don’t care.
“I Hate Music” is Superchunk’s second album after their nine-year hiatus and as such will maybe garner a little less attention than “Majesty Shredding” did in 2010. But with an album this good, do they really need that aspect to make themselves stand out?