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on 9 June 2002
it's long, but it's very strong; there are bits that might be a little boring for regular Nurse fans (these drift and ebb and occasionally clutter like that odd Orb album Pommes Fritz) but there are also bits like 2 Golden Microphones that warp in ways you always wanted them to (this is one of my favourite ever Nurse tracks and full of the kind of head-fried busker fighting that you always knew they'd come up wityh eventually). Other bits sound like the Chris Carter bits from Throbbing Gristle (i.e. the throb, not the gristle) and the spiritual heir of Cossi Fanni Tutti arrives at some point, breathing heavily and flagging up some 70s europop concerns. Sometimes the minimalism is too minimal, sometimes the maximalism is too maximal but most of the time this acts like a soundtrack to the lives of the kind of people you find wailing on street corners during late night French films. That's a good thing.
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on 5 March 2004
Over 2 hours of music from the mighty Nurse With Wound. The original 'Rock N Roll Station' album (which is included here) was a huge surprise to NWW fans back in 1994, as it was so different from everything they had done before. It was originally advertised as a Nurse With Wound dance album. However, that's not strictly true - there are no Chemical Brothers remixes here! Basically, it's NWW using dance music ideas, but in their own inimitable way, i.e. WEIRD! It's more Chris & Cosey than Chemical Brothers.....but as i said, still retaining their unique oddity. NWW's subsequent album 'Who Can I Turn To Stereo' used similar structures, so if you've heard that album, you'll know what i mean (also if you have heard the previous album 'Thunder Perfect Mind' - track 2 of that is the closest to what we have here). The album works very well, as it doesn't kowtow to any basics of the day - it just sounds alien, as all NWW stuff does.
The 'Second Pirate Session' package includes an out-takes cd. This, i find, is as wonderful as the actual 'Rock N Roll Station' album and although some of the material is quite simmilar, it was a great idea to release as a whole. There is even a version of Frank Zappa's 'Trouble Every Day', under the title of 'Subterranean Zappa Blues' - it's an absolute stomper!
Overall, this is a fine release and one well worth getting even if you already have the 'Rock N Roll Station' album.
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