The Year’s Most Welcome Musical Comebacks

Versus: On the Ones and Threes (Merge)

For their first album in a decade, New York City’s Versus adopt a heavier sound than what we heard on 2000’s Hurrah; it’s at once ominous and triumphant, with Richard Baluyut and Fontaine Toups trading off lead-vocal duties amidst sinister and airy chords. On the Ones and Threes feels like both a statement of renewed purpose and a sampler of exactly what this band is capable of; that the latter encompasses the classic pop of “Into Blue,” the post-punk barrage of “Invincible Hero,” and the languorous “Erstwhile” is a statement of this group’s renewed range.

Stream On the Ones and Threes in full here.