Wednesday, November 18, 1998

Review - In an Expression of the Inexpressible

Artist: Blonde Redhead

Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Blonde Redhead concocts furious rock anchored by carefully orchestrated chaos to create a sound that is part industrial opera and part performance art.

On "Luv Machine," Kazu Makino's anguished utterances punctuate a neoclassical passage graced with solid drumwork. "10" comes off like a social protest through the dual guitars of Amedeo Pace and Makino, alternately weaving beautiful soundscapes and terrifying dissonance as she screams, Why be artistic/ look at me/ to be linguistic/ to be domestic. A fat break beat anchors the otherworldly rock of "Missile," and "Futurism Vs. Passeism Part 2" grinds along in a crunchy double-time waltz.

In declaring their inability to accurately convey their feelings, Blonde Redhead succeeds in producing an album that is as therapeutic as it is entertaining.

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