on 26 April 2005
If you like PJ Harvey, and Fugazi, and Sonic Youth, you'll most probably love this album. IT's a bit more submissive than some of the heavier stuff by all affore mentioned artists, and maybe a bit more experimental. The 'sound' of the album is akin to Fugazi's Arguement, only a softer in it's approach. Blonde Redhead tease songs out, rather than force them. It's quite magnificent.
on 1 April 2008
Having been a fan of the BR's 4AD material, and after falling in love with 'Dr Strangeluv' on the 23 album - which would be a worthy cover track on Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' masterpiece, I thought I'd venture out and discover their past catalogue. To my pleasant surprise, it is really inspirational and just as inventive. I have listened to '...Damaged Lemons', 'An Expression...' and this album, and all three are clearly pre- the 4AD makeover, and I say this in a positive way.
These albums have a high art aesthetic, and are only suggestive of the muscial influences of the period, leaving enough originality to keep the critical listener's ear challenged and soothed. Sure you can trace the Pixies and Sonic Youth references, but the magical and vulnerable mix of Makino's voice and words over melodic, semi-melodic, and sometimes discordant guitar riffs, makes me wish for more experimentation from the current crop of chart hugging sugary and at times sickly main-streamers... A good band to discover backwards, and then relive!