Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Girls Against Boys|
Freak on Ica
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The first full-length major-label effort from Girls Against Boys finds their sound largely intact, with a brutally narrow tonal range and intriguingly arranged song structures at the forefront of their sonic assault. The p... more »
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The first full-length major-label effort from Girls Against Boys finds their sound largely intact, with a brutally narrow tonal range and intriguingly arranged song structures at the forefront of their sonic assault. The production is jarring at first, and the sudden clarity and separation between instruments takes some getting used to after brilliant but relatively muddy indie-label efforts like House of GVSB. The band end up using the newfound space to their advantage, compiling a litany of abrasive yet distinctly melodic noises to fill out their ferocious approach. The concept works especially well on songs like "Exorcisto," which incorporates a cracking snare sound and background industrial noise into an unpredictable compositional style and off-speed rhythmic elements. Girls Against Boys have gotten a lot of mileage out of their spare, loud sound, but they up the ante on Freak*on*ica to the point where they've actually made a headphone album. Crank it up or don't--you'll get lost in it either way. --Matthew Cooke
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The Best GVSB Album To Date
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please don't believe any hardcore "indie" review on here that portrays this album as a some kind of sell-out. I am a die-hard GVSB fan, and have been for a long time, going all the way back to 80's vs. 90's and Tropic of Scorpio. This is, without a doubt in my mind, their best album yet, and they've only added to their hard-driving music with some additional electronica sounds here. They've taken their music to a much higher level with this album, in my humble opinion. I can't recommend this CD enough."
Roland66x | Madison, WI USA | 04/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD when I heard GVSB were opening for Garbage on the 1998 Version 2.0 tour, and I figured if Garbage was taking them on tour they'd have to be at least kind of good. Plus I wanted to hear some of their songs before I sat through their entire set, so that way if they were bad at least they'd be familiar.Well, it actually IS good. Not exactly essential, but good, very well put together, and at least a litle bit innovative. Kind of like electronica-rock, or future-rock, with a lot of pulsing synthesizers and a lot of breathy, vocals, like the lead singer has been smoking way too many cigarettes. The best tracks, as you might expect, are the first 5 or so, and then things aren't quite as hot, although all the songs on here are solid. If I have any complaints it would have to be that all the songs kind of sound the same, and that the guy needs to stop singing in such a breathy, whispery voice all the time and just let loose a bit. It seems like he's maybe trying a bit too hard to be cool. Regardless, I'd definately recommend it, if nothing more than to hear their unique varient of rock. Its better than the latest Nickelback album, that's for sure.Oh by the way, I thought they were absolutely terrible live, Park Avenue was the only song that they played halfway decently."
Drew Dahle | Portland, OR United States | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't own any other GVSB albums so I don't know if it's as good as their other cd's. I think that they have a cool & original sound. they're electronic with sounding techno-ish(which isn't bad). my favorite song is roxy though they all rock.
though all their songs are good I like the more melodic ones(roxy,psycho future,etc.)if your into original artists GVSB won't disapoint."