Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Unsettling view of modern society
starzero | chicago, il | 09/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"the musical landscape is strewn with albums trying to capture the zeitgeist of any particular moment. my tastes lean towards those sonic experiments attempting to capture the tension of the modern world, the claustrophobia, the paranoia, the loss of self amidst technology and concrete. this album does exactly that. with guitar noise, tape loops, and loads of sonic manipulation, the grim urban landscape becomes a grim metallic soundscape. this is not chill out music.
when this originally was released in 1996, i read a complimentary review of it and thought i'd like it. at the time i was seeking out music that would annoy my neighbors, anything to set me apart from them and isolate myself. i was definitely feeling the vibe on this album. however, because it was difficult to find, and then only as an expensive import, i kept putting off buying it until a couple years ago. i'm glad i did, because i don't think i would have appreciated it in the 90's, and it would now be a neglected masterpiece moldering away on my shelf with my japanese/american noise treaty and pere ubu (another release i got to early, and only recently have come to appreciate).
i say masterpiece, and it is a great album. i would give it five stars, but i reserve that for albums i can listen to anytime, and i'm afraid the abrasiveness of this one doesn't work too well when i'm hungover. no, the modern world and headaches don't go well together."