‘Planta’ (SQE Music)
The last thing a band with the exuberance of CSS should do is make you feel glum. However, the Brazilians’ fourth is a tuneless, tiresome rabble of a record that does just that. Worse, it feels like an expensive attempt at career-salvage: TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek produces, while the honking mess of ‘Hangover’ is, implausibly, a collaboration with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, its video choreographed by 80s legend Toni Basil (of ‘Mickey’ fame) whose credits include Talking Heads videos and David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs tour. Still, that roster can’t salve the irritant that is Lovefoxx’s favela shriek. Sigh. What’s the point?