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Neil Young has rebuffed stagnation for
more than 20 years. From stints with Crosby,
Stills and Nash to the surrealistic synthesizer
Trans, Young has
elusively avoided stylis-
tic redundancy and
But it is his work with
slop-rock heroes Crazy
Horse that has pro-
duced some of Young's most incendiary
efforts. So fans should expect that Weld, the
live compilation of Young and Crazy
Horse's latest tour, would be a powerful tour
de force. Theywould be right.
Welderupts with the Young standard "Hey
Hey, My My (Into the Black)" and lumbers
onward with nearly unwavering intensity for
another ravaging two hours.
Instilled with fresh meaning and vigor,
the feedback laden "Blowin' in the Wind"
undoubtedly emerges as the boldest
undertaking on the album. A maelstrom of
fuzz guitars, Young's savagely self-
deprecating "F*!#in' Up" captures the
band's seating potency.
Unfortunately, not all tunes are as epic.
Live renditions of songs from Ragged Glory
result in Weld's few weak moments. And
because tracks like "Mansion on the Hill"
and "Love to Burn" were originally
recorded live with sparse overdubs, their
counterparts on Weld are nearly identical.
Despite these failings, Weld represents
Young and Crazy Horse taking feedback
and fuzz guitars to a new plateau. It certainly
won t end up as a dust magnet in any Neil
Young fan s collection. njoe Procopio, The
FlyerNes, LU. of Dayton
Listening to the latest album from the
Sugarcubes is like taking a trip through the
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2. Nirvana, 7. Primal Scream, Screamadelica
Nevermind 8. Teenage Fanclub,
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seediest part of town with the cast of
characters from "Alice in Wonderland."
The album is an off-kilter blend of
disjointed, retro-funky rhythms and slicing
sinister harmonies mingled with childlike
melodies and dark humor.
The opening track, "Gold," rings with a
foreboding melody and tumbling percussion.
The lyrics are barely perceptible, enhancing
the foreign sound of the vocal textures.
Lead vocalist Bjork's breathy cries struggle
to break free while vocalist Einarorn's voice
oozes with a sardonic whimsy over the
Thejuxtaposition of the two works best on
the stark "Lucky Night" and the dreamy
tracks "I'm Hungry" and "Walkabout,"
which have an instrumental weight lacking
on some of the more minimal tracks. One of
the highlights, "Hit," is a wriggling beat
caressed by a seductive melody and
punctuated with a mysterious synth line that
slides through the trembling vocals.
While Stick Around Forfy doesn't have the
frightening originality of the Sugarcubes'
first (and best) album, Life's Too Good, it has
the same alien pop sound that should leave
fans of the band sticking around for quite
some time. u Sean Leary, The Northern Star,
Northern Illinois U.
Monty Python Sings
And now for something completely
different. If you like Monty Python and the
witty, offbeat humor that reigned in the
television and movie underworld of comic
madness during the '70s and '80s, you'll
love Monty Python Sings.
This compilation is a
complete collection of
the zaniest and most
songs. The hilariously
offensive tracks like
"The Penis Son," "Sit
On My Face," and "I Like Chinese," are
vintage off-color Python favorites. The crack
philosophy found in "The Meaning of Life,"
and the religious parody on "All Things
Dull and Ugly" add more comic relief to
todav's music scene.
While the people who decide these things
feature "Always Look On the Bright Side" as
the hit song, all the bits (comedy bits, not
little naughty bits) come from the same
Python mold, and none are really any better
or any worse than the others. It's the
spontaneity and corny subject matter that
makes this record work. Of course, the
record tackles all subjects with roughly the
same candor and nasty slant. Musically, the
tunes have a British folk flavor with an
expectedly large influx of soundbites,
sampling and conversation.
If you don't like Monty Python's humor -
well, you probably won't like the record very
much either. But if you're not familiar with
Monty Python, you may be in for a treat...
wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.u
Charles Marshall, Daily Tar Heel, U. of North
This being only their second album, one
might assume that Scotland's Teenage
Fanclub still controls the consuming edge
the creative and
admired from the
predictable. But they
fronts nothing un-
touched nor makes any musical strides in
the area of new and exciting. They are an
average college rock band, a la MTV's "120
Minutes" lineup, and that's OK. They may
not become the next mainstream musical
icons but can still attract the open-minded
"The Concept" and "What You Do to Me"
(boasting some admirable guitar work) are
their catchiest songs and therefore their
strong points. But not many fluctuations
exist among tunes, however, and the tracks
soon become a blur of typical guitar-heavy
college radio fluff.
The title of the final song, "Is This
Music?" poses a rather interesting question.
Sure this is music - but only by the vague
definition in Webster's. What Teenage
Fanclub should be questioning is, "Is this
amazing music?" And do you, the listener,
really want more? Answer: probably not.
Kristin Law, ProdigalSui, SUNY, Buffalo
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