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  • Shellac: Bob Weston (bass guitar); Todd Trainer , Steve Albini .
  • Personnel: Steve Albini (guitar); Todd Trainer (drums).
  • Recording information: Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL.
  • Illustrator: Jay Ryan .
  • Photographer: Joel Larson.
  • Steve Albini is as legendary for his fiercely independent and uncompromising values as for his work as a producer and ex-frontman for such iconic underground rock bands as Big Black. Albini's integrity and dedication to raw, intense music remains intact with Shellac, his on-again/off-again project with bassist Bob Weston and drummer Todd Trainer. EXCELLENT ITALIAN GREYHOUND (2007), the band's fifth album and first since 2000's 1000 HURTS, is among the band's best work.
  • Although the disc stays true to Shellac's strident noise-rock ethos and hardcore-influenced thunder, there's a maturity here born of the musicians' distinguished resumes and their history with each other. The interplay and sense of exploration recalls a jazz ensemble at times, even when the commitment to sonic confrontation keeps the band firmly connected to Albini's punk and post-punk past. So while there's no shortage of gut-wrenching, brain-melting squall on EXCELLENT ITALIAN GREYHOUND, the intricacy and art with which it's applied represent a band at the top of their game.
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Uncut (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Bob Weston's driving bass and Todd Trainer's thrashing snare hits, coalescing with mechanical precision."
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