Saboteurs Help Us Stranger album coverOur ears embraced the first new output from The Saboteurs in more than a decade via the Sunday Driver/Now That You’re Gone 7″: a Jack White-led rocker and Brendan Benson-crooned heartbreaker respectively.

Then the group’s Donovan cover Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) dropped, dominated by drummer Patrick Keeler’s skillset. Baiting guitar riffs are a constant and storytelling is Nick-Cave-vivid throughout this record: “Only child, only son/ Treated like a criminal, ever since day one.” You’ll dance like a stripper during Don’t Bother Me. And after a revelatory fiddle dervish, closer Thoughts And Prayers concludes: “Talk to God and hear her say/ There are reasons why it is this way.”

No other four musicians on Earth could sound this way. They can’t put a stylishly-shod foot wrong.

Help Us Stranger by The Saboteurs is out June 21 via Third Man Records.

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