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on 9 August 2004
1999's Sanctuary Medicines delivered a robust angry and fractured Rico to us and it was undoubtedly one of the year's best albums. 5 years on, Violent Silences doesn't disappoint. Full of spleen, infectious nasty rhythms and cracking lyrics hopefully this will be more recognised as the solid piece of British rock it is. Landing somewhere between Nine Inch Nails, Tricky and The The, Rico treads a good path of incisive modern industro-rock.
The album opener, Dawn Raid signals where he's at - "this is a dawn raid..on the hit parade" he shouts, certainly is. Further in, collaborations with Tricky and the top 15 single "Crazier" (with none other than Gary Numan) display Rico's singular talent for making a good noise.
This is a very good album and is you like your rock clever, raw and fluid, it's for you. Highly recommended.
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on 10 July 2009
there is no way around this so im just going to get it out in the open nice and early
you need this album,its that simple
what rico does so well is walk the line between industtrial and trip-hop
so you get the depression of both genres but instead of the excessive noise that can sometimes mar industrial music it is replaced here with the slower and more murky grooves and beats of trip-hop
to say the ghosts of NIN and massive attack linger heavily over his work would be an understatement
but it works so well,you get the caustic rage and claustrophbic moodiness of NIN but with beats that you can dance to
its slow its ugly and its exceptionally good
there art no single high points as it all just blends in and out of songs with graceful ease that its near impossible to pick a standout song
i really cant recommend this album enough especially if you are keen on industrial
buy it you really wont be disappointed
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on 5 July 2004
AT LAST the new Rico album is here. It's been a long 5 year
wait for this little beauty with record labels problems
and blah de blah but the wait is over. I've heard bits and
bats from this such as Big Black Sea, Garden Man and of
course the top 20 single Crazier is on this too. Hopefully
it'll give Rico a larger fanbase and give him a bit of the
mainsteam audience he rightly deserves, considering his
hardcore fanbase is already ravenous for this release it'll
only be a small matter of time. His first album
Sanctuary Medicines that i've already reviewed in the
past has never been far from my cd player since it's
release, hence the 5 star rating already because i'm that
confident that Violent Silences will not disappoint.
Welcome Back Rico !!!
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