Lozenge's music combines a powerful sonic density with carefully composed melodies. To capture this challenging mixture, they turned to Cheer-Accident guitarist Phil Bonnet, who until his untimely death worked with everything from experimental projects to straightforward punk bands. Bonnet's recording, mixed by Griffin Rodriguez of Bablicon, sounds huge in the loud sections, as bass and metal percussion explode to resemble Einsturzende Neubaten or Savage Republic. The quieter sections convey the subtlety of the compositions, and the spoken-sung vocals always fall into their space, neither above nor below the clamor. Doozy effectively captures the huge range of a diverse band without ever sounding cartoon-like or forced. (Toyo Records, PMB 421, 564 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105)

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