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NYC indie rock quartet Risk/Reward took their music smeared with an unmistakable Big Apple attitude to Chicago to record with underground icon Steve Albini, resulting in a rousing 11-track eponymous offering. Rhythmically driving with a slight alt country jangle permeating throughout underpinnings of hard rock and punk (“Breakin’ Hearts”), songs like “Want” sound like AC/DC translated by Husker Du while “Fault” provides a slab of slow cooked melancholy akin to The Replacements or Soul Asylum and “Buybacks” displays the band brightened and upbeat side like a cross between Wilco and Social Distortion. Blurring edges between roots rock and shoegaze with a punchy panache, Risk/Reward have made a big sounding rock record with hooks for days and underground cred galore.
- Mike SOS