Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The ambitious and eclectic 2nd album from the U.S nueva canción group captured at the height of their popularity and creativity. Includes “Tambor de Aluminio,” “Frente al Balance, Mañana,” “A Song for Soweto” and more.
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Though their influences (Bob Mould, R.E.M., My Bloody Valentine) were a tad undigested at this early stage, Lotion's debut remains one of the most inventive and unusual rock albums of 1994. Pounding drums and thick, creative bass parts bolster a dizzying array of guitar textures: crashing, cascading, chiming, wailing -- and that's just "Tear," the lead track and first single. Track two, "Dr. Link," showcases the band at its most adventurous. Twanging, almost country-ish guitar alternates with noisy thrash while an intricate bass pattern joins the bashing drums in groove-band-style synergy. The album begins to sag under the weight of its self-consciousness toward the end, but the anything-goes approach (tabla on "Long," cellos on "Around," courtesy of Rasputina) keeps things fresh most of the way through. Tony Zajkowski's high, plaintive vocals give an emotional charge to the songs, and the cryptic bits of lyrics that rise to the surface are never less than intriguing. The odd, cerebral song structures never settle into anything familiar, so each listen is like the first, an exploration of uncharted territory. This is the crux of Full Isaac's achievement: It is an album of passionate, exciting rock music that does not become predictable for a single moment.
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The Wolfhounds were an indie rock band formed in Romford, Essex, England in 1985 by Dave Callahan, Paul Clark, Andy Golding, Andy Bolton and Frank Stebbing.
Blown Away is a far noisier, more experimental album than the previous Unseen Ripples From a Pebble. As such, the Wolfhounds failed to become the indie pop darlings that other C-86 contemporaries achieved (e.g., the Wedding Present or the Bodines). Still this album is not without merit. The trashy guitar is somewhat reminiscent of Sonic Youth, bouncing along to the bass and vocal influence of the Fall or even Krautrock. Distinctly lacking, however, is a great pop song in a similar vein to "Cruelty" or "Anti-Midas Touch." The unusual rhythms of Blown Away mean that this album is destined to grow on the listener. Unfortunately, there is no baited hook to catch the casual nighttime radio browser.
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