An unusual, but charming combination: German band plays Wall Of Sound in best Mogwai manner, but with vocals and (already announced in the album title) concentration on the lyrical level. In fact, this combination of unusually arranged compositions, which also extend their feelers in the direction of jazz and prog, is reminiscent of the work of the famous German-speaking band Delbo and their offshoot klez.e. But then again the musicians are very strongly rooted in the post-rock genre, and they also sing in, to put it carefully, not entirely accent-free English. This again, in combination with the timbre of singer Markus Schäfer, makes "Read Books" sound in parts like a non-electronic album by The Notwist, which is not the worst. Pleasing also refreshing ideas like the recitation of Oskar Maria Grafs "Wir sind Gefangene" by, well, Sportfreunde-Stiller member Flo Weber in the title track. All in all an album, which tries to combine the best of several worlds and is successful for the most part.
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