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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for late-night Absinthe sessions., 8 Aug. 2002
Since it seems to be pretty much obligatory to mention Daisy Chainsaw in any Queen Adreena review, might as well get it over with at the start - go grab you copy of Eleventeen, crank it to the max and get it all out of your system. Done? Okay, you have the new album in your trembling little hands, you're looking at the cover thinking "classy graphics", sexy like the single art. Brings to mind the Mark Romanek video for Fiona Apple's Criminal. Then it hits you, these are peeling polaroids all shot close-to, nakedness-not-quite-seen, weird postmodern-Victoriana and this is as much an insight as you'll ever get into the album.
Drink Me works well as a logical sequel to the KJG-therapy session of Taxidermy, it's not just an update, but a shift of focus. The fairytale-expressionist art-metal of the original remains, but is tuned down as the razor-sex undercurrents of previous songs slash and burn their way into the foreground. The whole sticky polaroid, slashed up bodies, sordid tabloid exposé feel is most evident in Pretty Like Drugs, Kitty Collar Tight, A Bed of Roses and Hotel Aftershow, grinding, screaming, violently smutty assaults that are just completely designed to hurtle round the room to. No, really, it is actually impossible to stop yourself doing that. I tried. Just avoid playing them with other people in the room cause you'll probably look like an idiot. Oh, add F.M. Doll to that list, it seems destined to be to this album what their Jolene cover was to Taxidermy. If you heard it on their Radio 1 Rockshow session you'll understand.
Actually, as a whole this album is heavier, crunchier and generally smash-things-uppier than the previous one. The balance has shifted, the quiet drifty bits on Drink Me are pretty much limited to the sultry freefall lullabies of My Silent Undoing and For I Am The Way, that dreamy/sickliness is present in the other songs, but either surrounded by or laid over strange, loud, and dare I use the phrase "mosh-tastic" distorted guitars and crashing drums. I'd say most everyone who loved Taxidermy would love Drink Me as much if not more, it'd likely appeal to most Nine Inch Nails, PJ Harvey, Jack Off Jill fans...basically anyone into fairytale-industrial who thinks, "the midnight sun burns holes in the soles of my feet" is a cool lyric. Oh, and Daisy Chainsaw fans, of course.