AC Acoustics' third album is very much a return
to the guitar thunderstorm created by the much-missed Kitchens Of
Distinction. Like that group, AC Acoustics generally play their
instruments very loud, but submerged beneath the wall of sound,
genuine layers of melody are slowly revealed. That's not to say 'Understanding
Music' is derivate and one-dimensional though; opener 'Luke One'
and 'Arcane Action Man' are deliciously melodic yet fairly light
in terms of production. The string-laden 'She Kills For Kicks'
has an anthemic quality that could yet see them break through to
the mainstream and by the time the 13th track ends with the
rousing eight minute 'Waiter Strains' the listener will feel
exhausted after a thoroughly enjoyable ride through murky
alternative rock waters.