Mission Of Burma
‘Unsound’ (Fire Records)
Hear that? That’s the sound of chaos, masterfully controlled by a great American rock band at the peak of their powers. The comfortably-middle-aged Mission Of Burma reformed in 2002, and they’ve continued to get better and better. This fifth album (their fourth since the reunion) is as rough, ragged and wracked as they’ve ever been, the likes of ‘Dust Devil’ and ‘7’s’ pushing needles thoroughly into the red. Merging post-punk offbeatery with free jazz jams and immaculate harmonies, they’re covering much of the same territory as ever. But the desire to keep pushing themselves is clear, audible and utterly thrilling.