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Why I Hate Women
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
2006 album from David Thomas and his Ubu boys, old and new. Pere Ubu have really come out fighting with Why I Hate Women, racing towards all horizons at full tilt, pushing the experimental envelope further than ever, but a... more »
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2006 album from David Thomas and his Ubu boys, old and new. Pere Ubu have really come out fighting with Why I Hate Women, racing towards all horizons at full tilt, pushing the experimental envelope further than ever, but also tightening up their trademark avant-punk attack. The rhythm section (Ubu's longest serving) of bassist Michele Temple and drummer Steve Mehlman is tauter and leaner than ever before. Robert Wheeler's bravura performance on vintage electronics has him coming over as rural Ohio's answer to Sun Ra, splattering analogue synth and theremin all over the music with wild, visionary abandon. Guitarist (and newest recruit) Keith Moliné veers between wayward sonic expressionism and disciplined garage thrust. At the eye of the storm is singer David Thomas, a true rock maverick at the height of his powers. His vocal approach shows a startling new melodicism, a plaintive purity of expression that cuts through his familiar repertoire of radical voicings and techniques. 11 tracks. Smog Veil. 2006.
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Niall | San Francisco | 11/01/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Does this album suck? No.
Is this album awesome? No.
Is the music challenging? Yes.
Is there any reason for Pere Ubu fans to get excited over this release? No.
Is Pere Ubu still a great live act? YESSSSS!
W. Cahall | Ohio | 12/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"3 stars is about the LEAST I can give ANY Pere Ubu release, as there is always good stuff on anything they put out. However, this is probably one of their lesser releases. The screeching, beeping and squeaking synth thing is sounding REALLY old here (sounded "inventive" and unique in 1982, but it's now just annoying) and takes away from what would be a really good song. Dave Thomas is a tremendous talent and can write great music, and even a great pop song. They had a string of absolutely wonderful albums (Cloudland, Worlds in Collision, and Story of My Life. HIGHLY recommended! Check them out.) from the late 80's to the early 90's which was an obvious attemp to "sell out" and attract a wider audience. I guess the "sell out" didn't work and they went back to more of their "out there" sound. It mostly works on Ray Gun Suitcase and Pennsylvania, which are both at least 4 star albums, but it's just somewhat tired and old sounding here. That said, it's better than most of the pablum being put out these days. Highlights (so far) include "Two Girls (one bar)", "Caroleen", "Flames over Nebraska" and "Syth Farm". I also agree with an earlier reviewer in saying that the slower stuff suffers a bit. A better intoduction to Pere Ubu's earlier sound would be "Dub Housing" and then maybe "The Tenement Year", then go forward and get the trio of albums mentioned earlier. It's some of the most wonderful "pop" music you've never heard. I think that it's time they "sell out" again."