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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Marnie rewire your neural networks, 14 Jun 2013
This review is from: This Is It And I Am It And You (Audio CD)
This album, Stern's second and featuring the Primal Energy drumming of Zach Hill, was my first encounter with Stern's music. The effect on first spin was a bit like brain surgery - you wondered if it was necessary, and the discomfort experienced suggested that a removable lesion might best be left in place. Opener 'Prime' is a musical call-to-arms. Come to her banner or prepare to do battle against her musical vision. I didn't have the strength for either. I put the CD back on the shelf for a year.

I couldn't get her out of my thoughts. I felt as though I'd been bested somehow. I'd caught a glimpse of a new musical language, wholly sui generis, which I'd failed to grasp and in my failure, had done her a dis-service.

A year went by. I tried the album again. And lo, it all began to make sense. It was as if just one listen a year previously had begun a subtle process that culminated in my brain being re-wired. I got it. I hadn't been bludgeoned into submission; I hadn't succumed to 'critical hype'. I'd simply become converted to a new way of experiencing melody, rhythm and emotion. Stern has the ability to make you want to tell everyone about her, even whilst you know and hope that many just won't get her. She's a rare vision and all the more welcome for appearing bathed in veiled radiance.

Marnie Stern, may you rock long and prosper.
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