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[ALBUM REVIEW] HUNDREDTH ‘Rare’

With a rapid drum run to open their new album, Hundredth begin as they intend to continue – steady, heavy and fearless. The South Carolina outfit have never sounded so sweet and new album Rare is a rare gem in music indeed. A wonderful mash-up of noughties indie with some 90s pop grunge and a dash of shoegaze, something that wouldn’t have been out of place on the soundtrack for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Hundredth still retain their unique reputation as being masterminds of manipulation in the hardcore genre.

Rare is easy to digest, positive to process and stirs up an appreciation for Hundredth’s consistent drive to reinvent themselves. Demonstrative of this standout track “Hole” in particular is true to the fruits of their labour – though the lyrics may be of a more sombre nature, the beat is not. Similarly, lead single “Neurotic” buzzes through the darker sides of the minds of Hundredth, furious yet fuzzy, the vocals both floating across a gritty and relentless guitar melody.

The only downside to Hundredth’s new album is its length – those lush synth undertones and cutting vocals fade away as attention wanes and gives rise to the old saying ‘too much of a good thing’. Nevertheless, this release is aptly named with no hint of egotism. Rare is a glittering pop-rock jewel, set to embellish the music scene and satisfy many with its palatable and clever structure.

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