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  • Audio CD (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atavistic
  • ASIN: B000667GRS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hangover Hotel
  2. Smoke in the Shadows
  3. Johnny Behind the Deuce
  4. I Love How You...
  5. Touch My Evil
  6. Lost World
  7. Sway
  8. Gone City
  9. Blame
  10. Pass Like Night
  11. Portrait Of The Minus Man
  12. Trick Baby
  13. Hot Tip

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A sanguine deeply cynical tour de force as Lydia purrs over a soundtrack of gently swaying noir rhythms with her insights gleaned from blood extracted from the tracks. Tackling the same black and white suit, waiting for the smoking gun of her dreams to clear away the pipe dreams. Lydia pursues an avenue last travelled 30 years earlier by Clock DVA.

The sounds are jazz chaos, less rock and prerolled, now scattered with smatterings of new york dance. She sings ,the songs of bawdiness whilst the world goes Gagaga Lydia now realises she should have patented the moves.

Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwick, Mae West, Ava Gardner brought into the 21st century cinemanscope. Love is murdered for never bringing the relief it promised. Instead only the sweat and musk of a body entwined in a frenzy of conjoined moments before the alienation of life pours into the cracks in between the frission. Leaving the moment as a memory forever fading into the universe.

This is a very good album drawing on a panoply of honed experience rather than directly confrontational (Spoken Word) or inwardly despairing (13/13). This takes the sultry moments of Queen of Siam and just extends them like rubber limbs into another space.

Sweet it aint but there again locked in the crazy arms of lust this finds a place at 3am on the stereo.
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I love this album! A combination of sleazy seduction and sinister threat, Lydia Lunch croons her way through a noir-ish collection of songs that will thrill and scare you in equal measures.
After all, who else could utter the line "You know the only way you're leaving me is in the trunk of a car" and make it sound sexy?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d77af30) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8d327ac8) out of 5 stars Cycling Cynicism with Doom and Boom 19 Jan. 2005
By B. aguar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Part of NYC's "No Wave" movement of the late 1970's spoken-word performance artist and confrontationalist Lydia Lunch began her career at the not-so-tender age of 16 as the lead vocalist for Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Since then,she had collaborated with Nick Cave and Roland S. Howard from the Birthday Party, Sonic Youth ("Death Valley '69"), Jim "Foetus" Thirwell on a variety of projects including Stinkfist, and photographer/director Richard Kern. Lunch has also authored books such as "Incriminating Evidence" and "Adulterers Anonymous" (with Exene Cervenka).

Lunch's latest musical sacrifice,"Smoke in the Shadows" is a notably jazzy affair and probrobly her most commercially acessible effort to date. Like an investigator at the scene of a crime, she portrays a femme fatale with a penetrating stare and sultry,breathy come-on. Her obsessions continue to focus on doomed relationships complete with visions of guns,explosives,shotgun shells,cigarette butts,burning beds,car crashes,high heels and bottles of bourbon. She is an angry woman indeed. And her cynical,confessional lyrics are full of venom.

Lunch has assembled an infamous cast of characters and New York "jazz guys" to accompany her spoken ranting~guitarist Nels Cline (Mike Watt,WILCO) and his brother Alex on drums, Niels Van Hoorn on saxophone (Legendary Pink Dots) and Andel Bertei (The Contortions) as backing vocalist on several tracks. Other instruments include a vibraphone,upright bass,alto flute,baritone and alto saxophones,a trombone and trumpet. Together they create a moody and haunting atmosphere like a soundtrack to a David Lynch film.

In the end,Lunch acts as a predatory powder keg filled with violent verbal attacks,preying on other animals~in this case men. She appears to be tough yet vulnerable,callous and completely carried away by a desire to confess her sins and vituperate the faults of others.
HASH(0x8d327d14) out of 5 stars Smary and sultry...the Venom Queen strikes again..... 22 Jan. 2008
By NateMonroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I honestly feel Lydia is an artist way before her time. She consistantly with every relase bares her soul and isn't afraid to spew her mind!

And as usyal, she makes it all seem fresh each time a cd is released. This time around, it has a 30's sleaze/ private eye type feel to the pulp goings on.

best track "Lost World"
Best lyric "Everybody smokes in hell"
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