Short on personality but high on concept, Give Me a Wall
plays like a musical companion piece to The Communist Manifesto
. These Leeds-based noise-conjurers wrap their songs' brittle melodies in appropriately dense postpunk effects, albeit with a far more academic bent than their deranged peers in the now-defunct Test Icicles. Unfortunately Forward, Russia!'s intellectual prerogative occasionally turns absurd: Substituting numbers for proper song titles and then refusing to match those numbers to their running order crosses the line from arty to annoying. Pretensions like these make Give Me a Wall
simultaneously the most ambitious and impenetrable offering in its class.