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This review is from: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez And Lydia Lunch (Audio CD)
Some really funky and trippy production on here. The compositions that Omar offers here present a constant latin tinged rhythm that progresses through the songs, but only slightly and almost imperceptibly, so that the five songs run into each other more like one 20 minute Jam. The album is only 20 mins or so long, but it could get fairly boring (or even quite annoying?) if it continued for much longer - so the 20 minute mark seems quite fine in my book.
The vocals offered by Lydia require an open mind. The voice has been manipulated to sound like the zombie thing from the 80's 'tales from the crypt film', and much of what she is saying seems totally flippant and no-brained, like a rather annoyin female Bill Hicks wannabe. The verbal content of the album really lets it down at times i feel. I wondered why exactly Omar chose to collaborate with this person.
Anyhow, changin the focus: the album, when judged merely on account of the mood it creates and the sounds that are played around with, makes for quite a quirky and interesting listen. In my humble opinion, this owes greatly to Omars virtuosity as a musician and producer than anything that Lydia does, and he could have feasibly swapped her input with that of, say, David Hasslehoff for an equally interesting listen. The concept of 'Polishin the turd' seems to spring into my mind. So adept is Omar at polishing turds judging by this work, that i would actually recommend this album - even if you don't particularly hate Religion and Men.