Simon Vozick-Levinson
December 15, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Entomology

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Josef K
Producers
Domino
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Named for the harried hero of Kafka’s The Trial, this Scottish quartet spent the early ’80s exploring an appropriately jittery strain of the raucous, groove-filled genre known as post-punk. Neither of the albums they recorded before disbanding made it to the U.S.; thankfully, this long-overdue retrospective, Entomology, includes the choicest cuts from both. Singer Paul Haig’s wry wit and guitarist Malcolm Ross’ menacing jangle shine on songs like ”Fun ‘n’ Frenzy” — a lost classic whose title sums up the enduring thrills of Josef K’s sound.

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