Album Review: 2017 - 2019 by A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Exclaim - 80 Based on rating 8/10
In January, Against All Logic (A.A.L.) quietly introduced his latest EP Illusions of Shameless Abundance and, in so doing, triggered the underground and experimental music community's alarm system.
Unmasked years ago as Chilean-American composer and recording artist Nicolas Jaar, A.A.L. returns with his newest material following critically acclaimed 2012-2017. Considering Jaar just wrapped scoring the sountrack for Pablo Larraín's latest film, co-producing FKA twigs' masterpiece Magdalene, and debuting a collaboration with Patrick ….
Last week, Nicolas Jaar signalled that Against All Logic had performed a hard left turn, releasing an onslaught of a mix and an EP that made the older, warmer version of the project seem outmoded. Even so, the power and violence of 2017 - 2019, this new LP, is shocking. "Because if you can't beat 'em, kill 'em / If you can't kill 'em, fuck 'em," growls Lydia Lunch on "If You Can't Do It Good, Do It Hard." A booming electro rhythm re-enters and she catches the beat, chanting the track's title as if playing drill sergeant.