Friday, December 19, 2014


Sound Check

CD Reviews

2/27/2013

CD DrInternets Dr Internets

‘Dr Internets: Attorney at Law’

Independent

This is either the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life, or the dawning of a new breed of Andy Kaufman-esque, avant garde genius. Much like Kaufman, you get the sneaking suspicion that Dr Internets is laughing at you, and some will laugh along with him so as to appear to “get it.” “Dr Internets: Attorney at Law” is, at points, so tedious it has to be deliberate. Nominally an EDM album, it seems like it would appeal to fans of the low-fi, hipster-heavy, eight-bit faux nostalgia wave that continues to wash over much of American pop culture. Each song is just different enough from the one that precedes it to make you think the album is about to take off, but then repeats the same two measures at you for three minutes. Or five. Or 10. This might be someone’s idea of a good time, but it ain’t me, babe. CV

 

DM Art Center

CD KMFDMKMFDM

‘Kunst’

Metropolis

KMFDM has been doing this for a long time. “Kunst” is the band’s 18th album, and they’ve got the formula down pretty well by now. The finished product on “Kunst” is about a half-step down from 2011’s “WTF?!,” but that album was so solid, that’s almost to be expected. KMFDM’s driving guitars are in full force throughout “Kunst” and have always been the one element that most separated them from the pack. “Kunst” makes much more effective use of Lucia Cifarelli’s vocals than the past couple installments and mostly with good results. The only real bump in the road comes on the album’s most overtly political track, “Pussy Riot.” While there’s nothing blatantly wrong with the synth groove, the lyrics feel like a hackneyed grab at social relevance. All is quickly forgiven, however, once “Animal Out” begins to play. It’s the strongest track on the album and a thunderous conclusion. CV

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