The rambunctious rock on Strange Peace is surprisingly well-ordered and compelling. The vocals are more than a little reminiscent of Sex Pistols (i.e. Johnny Rotten), which works well in this context. I won't be surprised to see this rated quite well, probably making a lot of year end lists to boot.
Listen to the full album over at http://www.npr.org/2017/09/14/550444874/first-listen-metz-strange-peace
Giving this a preview on NPR's First Listen. I never even listened to their previous album "Free Your Mind" because of the poor reviews, but have long enjoyed the two albums before that. This one actually has some good grooves on it. First track is solid. "No Fixed Destination" is quite enjoyable. "Haiku From Zero" certainly won't get the kind of love "Zonoscope" and "In Ghost Colours" did, but it seems to be a much more solid offering from ... read more
Big and bloated in its production and instrumentation, along the lines of Enjoy Your Rabbit and Age of Adz. If you have patience, and are basically gaga for anything Sufjan, you'll have no trouble sitting through -- and maybe even enjoying -- this album. May not qualify as AOTY material, but it is frankly a rather compelling album. I think I like it more with each repeated listen (on my 3rd already).
This album has more in common with Gillian Welch's Soul Journey, and maybe The Harrow & the Harvest, than David Rawlings two previous albums as Dave Rawlings & The Machine. Excellent set of songs, with good variety and a healthy contribution from Welch.