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This review is from: 34:13 (Audio CD)The Body Haters' '34:13' may well be Michael Gira's most extreme musical project, and that includes the brutal nihilism of his early Swans material, because the listener is left with the impression of a recording utterly devoid of human input.
This CD is one lengthy piece of mechanised and manipulated sounds, droning and industrial rumblings with only changes in tone, pitch and pace, sometimes gradual, sometimes sudden, to provide variety and reference points. '34:13' sounds like it could have been produced entirely by machines and I suppose that is the intention.
Possessing none of the traditional criteria by which one may judge music, indeed many listeners may doubt that this should be called music at all, can it be appreciated, let alone reviewed? I argue that it can be enjoyed but you must carefully pick your time to listen to it as the recording deserves undivided attention. Then, you will see that there is careful structure to the sound and also be lost in the nightmarish atmosphere it generates. Still, this CD is not for the narrow-minded or faint-hearted.