In retrospect, this for me is the best of the solo work. It bristles with the pathos of Leonard Cohen whilst retaining some of the dissonant anger of The Swans. Retrospective, wistful and twisting with spiteful melodies. He wrangles hope from cynicism.
So as the the brute force of I Crawled gradually diminished the anger never completely faded. Instead of painting the world in black and white, Michael slowly introduced other colours into the palette. Still performing with a naked soul he introduces us to "My Suicide" as a psychological catharsis instead of an ideation plan. If that fails to shift inner blockages, nothing will ever work.
Whilst shoveling a crate of Pills, bottles of Citalopram or IVing bags of heroin freezes a problem, here he takes a dive. The pictures of his parents on the cover provide the emotional clues.
Engaging with himself like no other artist, he articulates a mundane horror, stretching over the resonating palette. Whilst some took his insights as SAW VII, a chainsaw heaven, schlokkk hurrah, Michael cut deeper and heavier into the sinew than any other artist to reveal himself. By doing this "act" he reveals the human soul. So outpours "My true body."
So when he asks you to peer into his personal abyss and into "Two Women" he takes you to his cave. Dark folk - a link to the Swans but with a sombre acoustic overcast as the electric drones rise to provide an anthemic finale. But within the mainframe he mourns relationships and the need for connection. Song for Nico laments another loss, the talent of someone who went into the darkness and trudged through the night.
Untitled Love Song dreams along like the latter part of the Velvet Underground and you expect Mo Tucker to chime within.
Probably the first of the solo work to buy before you proceed onto the others.
on 24 July 2015
Luscious, resonant production of fairly obvious/ordinary progressions. It would still be OK except for the vocals which are frankly rather flat. So I'd give it 2 Stars but accept that those who have not heard this kind of thing done better might be impressed, and so have given 3.