They didn't exactly reinvent the wheel for this album, though. The Pack retained the services of producer Jim Diamond (the White Stripes, the Dirtbombs), who lent his distinctive Detroit perspective to their two previous albums. Miller's drumming still expertly threads the needle between tribal and tasteful, and Black still destroys her guitar like nobody's business. Sure, they sound more focused and professional on Do Not Engage, but they have done that on every album they've released. It comes as no surprise they've maintained the upward trajectory that their performance and song writing skills have earned them.
Black's vocals can be somewhat aloof on the album, but her cool exterior shatters on single "Battering Ram" as she yells through a broken mic over the album's heaviest riff and driving drums. She emotes freely on the downtrodden ballad "Loser", her voice awash in effects as she nails the confessional, conversational tone that made tracks like "Seasick" from 2011's Unpersons so compelling. Most haunting is the pared-down "Needles," which finds Black delivering some of the album's most heartfelt lyrics as she slowly strums her guitar. Moments like these show the Pack at the top of their game, and their timing couldn't be better.
Read an interview with the Pack A.D. here. (Nettwerk)