Baader Meinhof

Clark Collis
Electronic Telegraph

If Carr's views on modern pop tend towards the leftfield, Luke Haines is camping in a different pasture altogether. A man who once reviewed the second Stone Roses album by bunging it under a grill, Haines has recently outdone himself in the orneriness stakes by first binning his band the Auteurs just as they seemed to be on the cusp of mainstream success and now releasing a record that mixes warped Seventies funk with discursive lectures on the subject of German terrorism. Yet, while Baader Meinhof sounds on paper wilfully obscure, it proves more than rewarding with the likes of Back on the Farm and Kill Ramirez revealing an abundance of snarling tunes amid all the sonic clatter. The inevitable tour of the Teutonic Fatherland should also prove interesting.