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Steve Brodsky

The Black Ribbon Award

(Hydra Head; US: 20 May 2008; UK: 2 Jun 2008)

Ever since Cave-In went on indefinite hiatus in 2006 to sow their sonic oats in other projects, no member has created music as polarizing to the group’s initial melodic post-hardcore sound quite like frontman Stephen Brodsky. After exploring an apparent unrequited love for the Stiff Records catalog with 2006’s Stephen Brodsky’s Octave Museum and 2007’s Pet Genius, Brodsky returns (somewhat) to the melodic post-hardcore sound of Cave-In’s brilliant 1999 magnum opus Jupiter on The Black Ribbon Award. Though not as directly ear-pleasing as his two previous solo efforts, Ribbon’s fusion of primal force and troubadour soul is a sound any music fan with both Elliott Smith’s XO and Snapcase’s Designs for Automotion on their CD shelves can wholeheartedly appreciate.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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