BY SARAH BERMAN, THE BLOCK MAGAZINE
Strange Weather, Isn’t It? Is basically a 40-minute I-told-you-so to all those stubborn, rock-centric music snobs who insisted disco had died for good. Although the band has been crafting reverb-soaked funky danceathons since their inception in 1996, !!!’s newest effort feels particularly rife with self-confirmation.
Recorded between Berlin, New York and Sacremento, the album somehow fuses their signature sound with 90s jock jams and acid-tinged Michael Jackson-isms. Lead Singer Nic Offer is in his element when he speak-sings on jams like “Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks” and “Wannagain Wannagain,” rather than when he tries to (semi-embarrassingly) carry a tune on “Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss.” Better still is on “The Hammer,” when Offer sounds like Trent Reznor if he were a hype man.