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Unwound, Leaves Turn Inside You

This, the most recent Unwound record, is among their finest work—and that’s saying a lot, given their history of creating challenging, enthralling music. This two-disc tour de force is almost unthinkably brilliant, and surprises at every turn, all the while bursting through the carefully constructed wall of—not sound—music to again grab your attention and lead you in a new direction entirely. Smart, punchy rhythms play between and around the tight, intricate melodies. Perfectly timed, layered vocal patterns. And the news came this week: they’re calling it quits. This, the final Unwound record, is a fitting swansong: it’s a masterpiece.


Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack

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