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Iran began in 2000 with a self-titled collection of song fragments and little melodic collages reminiscent of Lou Barlow's most scattered and opaque work. It was also very, very good — a nice throwback to the unfinished releases of the early '90s before everyone got pro. The work of pretty much one dude, Aaron Aites, Iran thrilled; the same could not be said of its 2003 successor, The Moon Boys, an okay collection that kept the hiss but misplaced the pop. And so all that brings us to Dissolver, Iran's third album, on which passing judgment will prove difficult to longtime Iran-ians: it's a very normal record with normal, charming songs. Say what?
Most of the hype for this record has focused on the involvement of Kyp Malone (guitarist in TV on the Radio), and there are some TVOTR moments (start with "Airport '79"), but not a ton. Most of Dissolver is pretty straight-ahead indie pop — Aites almost always sings with some slight distortion on his voice, and his songs are closest to Sebadoh and stuff of that ilk. He also has the talent to exceed all expectations and just bang out incredible songs — which he does… read more »