Review: Plagues by Taken by Cars

Plagues by Taken by CarsWe’ve waited quite a while for Taken by Cars to return with new material – six years, in fact, since they released Dualist. Now they’re finally back with Plagues, and it’s a record as confident as ever. Despite the shift to something more atmospheric – especially by the clearly-marked second half of the record – the band does not miss a step, just plunging in like those six years did not pass by. I would usually interject here something about how much has changed in those six years – really, there is a lot – but it isn’t really obvious when you listen to the record. Nothing stuck in time, nothing being caught up with. It’s like the band have been watching over us all this time and have returned with something that just makes sense. Plagues is textured: a nod to their earlier stuff to kick things off (“Turn of the Tide” is particularly delicious) before transitioning into this thing that isn’t purely dreamy or soundscape-y. All I know is it makes sense, and that it is worth the six years. [NB]4/5

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