March 19, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B-

When they started in 1993, Blonde Redhead embraced guitar-driven dissonance, but the New York trio have mellowed over the years, wrapping their angst in cinematic ambience inspired by French sleaze-meister Serge Gainsbourg at his late-’60s peak. Despite sounding derivative at times, Misery Is a Butterfly further refines that volatile mix with a touch of fidgety elegance. Now if only the band could do something about the nails-on-a-blackboard singing.

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