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Skip the worst piece of audio carnage – 7 minutes of what ...
on 3 November 2014
I’ve found many of ZTT’s releases adventurous and enjoyable. This release is adventurous but not always enjoyable.
Skip the worst piece of audio carnage – 7 minutes of what the sleeve notes describe as the perpetrator,”at their prophetic boom-crash, pre-Sputnik, punk-meets-pop skater best.” The Das Psycho-oh! Rangers’ track, continues the writer, “gels into something unique and in many ways, unrepeatable.” Definitely.
Fortunately, it’s their only track and the bitter taste is washed away a couple of tracks later with the sweet surprise of Mint Juleps’ version of ‘Every Kinda People.’ Elsewhere the expected stalwarts, Frankie, Propaganda and Art of Noise make several appearances.
Although an Art of Noise enthusiast, Das Psycho-oh! Rangers’ “boom-crash” lowered my tolerance of monotonous drumming and reduced my enjoyment of their offerings – even spoiling a couple of minutes of Mint Juleps. Likewise, “Spies Like Us” is OK the first time round but gets wearing after repeat plays.
Anne Pigalle’s “Hé Stranger”, FGTH’s “Two Tribes”, and Godley and Creme’s “Cry” add to the enjoyment. If only ZTT had cut back on the ubiquitous and irritating “Close Up” drumbeat, this would have been a great purchase.