The Raincoats

'Odyshape'

Spin Rating8 of 10

The Raincoats were the most defiantly feminine post-punk band not because they were women, but because they were generous in spirit -- more a tribe than a jigsaw of egos, intelligent enough to realize that being personal doesn't mean you aren't smart. Odyshape is cleaner and lonelier than their debut, dominated by violin, thudding tom-toms, and African and Jamaican influences via the streets of London. It's the sound of a cold-water flat reimagined as a quiet clearing 
in the jungle.

By Mike Powell

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