Worthwhile for some new studio recordings
loteq | Regensburg | 10/06/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first part of this album is cut from a Scorn concert in Rome and features tracks that have already appeared on the album "Zander". Well, although I'm really a fan of drummer Mick Harris, I must confess Scorn live isn't very interesting. There are no surprises, and Mick showed only little effort, because he didn't perform tracks with complicated rhythm patterns like "Wreck shop" (from "Zander"). The whole affair rather has the feel of a bootleg record, because the stereo balance is slightly shifted to the left channel and the sound sometimes is distorted. The second part of this cd contains four new studio recordings. All in all, "Whine" is a bit superficial, and you'd be better off with buying "Zander"."
sinner619 | Hendersonville, NC | 04/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album. I have most of Scorn's CDs and this is one of my top three favorites. I do agree with the review by XS in that the sound quality of the live material isn't all that great and that the stereo is shifted a little, but I absolutely love most of the tracks and the stereo thing can be fixed, not perfectly fixed, but at least somewhat fixed. I've got Zander and some of the tracks are better in the studio versions, but all of them are very close and some are a very interesting take on the studio versions, like Not Answering being over four and a half minutes longer and being somewhat a recreation from the studio version. The concert seems to flow very well with the new song order too. The tracks Strand and Beat 3 are my favorites from it, but the studio tracks Beat 3 Mix and Who Know Mix would make me want to buy the CD if just for them and nothing else. Aurora is my least favorite on the CD but it is still at least fair. As with all of Scorn's music it is very bass heavy and requires a system with serious bass reproduction to appreciate. This music is definitely not for everyone as a lot of people say it drones on and on, is boring, repetitive, etc. To each their own, but in my opinion it has a lot of complexity and depth which can be hard to find sometimes. If you like heavy bass and down tempo music or maybe dub music you might like it or maybe even love it. One of my all time favorite CDs!"