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Overlooked but fantastic album,
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This review is from: Cross of My Calling (Ocrd) (Audio CD)
Released with very little fanfare at all, this is the (International) Noise Conspiracy's fifth album, and second to be produced by legendary Slayer/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Johnny Cash man, Rick Rubin. Perhaps best known for featuring Dennis Lyxzén from Refused (incredible punk band from mid/late nineties) the (I)NC's music is inextricably tied up with their politics - this is a band, after all, who once penned a song called 'Capitalism Stole My Virginity'. Indeed, the song titles here offer clear indication of some distinctly left-wing ideals: 'The Assassination Of Myself', 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' and 'Storm the Gates of Beverly Hills', to name but a few, while a quick scan of the lyric sheet provides further glimpses into the tenets of Situationist ideology.
Thankfully, the band's accessible, up-beat and hugely danceable punk 'n' soul means the whole thing works fantastically. The vocal hook in the chorus of 'Dustbins of History', for example, is redolent of northern indie-rockers, Embrace (in this case, a good thing) while 'Child of God' has room enough for some ethereal swirls, courtesy of Kalle Jacobsen's keyboards. 'Black September', 'Washington Bullets' and the aforementioned 'Storm the Gates...' are all simple, catchy and direct, and as a whole, The Cross of My Calling is a surprisingly potent cocktail of an album, imbued with a galvanising spirit of revolution and change.
Intelligent, eloquent and ambitious, this has sneaked in to become one of favourite records of 2008.