The Michigan Daily -Weekend etc. - November 5, 1992- Page 5
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"Erotica" almost come off as a
one-trick pony. Madonna bases this
whole disc on the idea that fueled
"Justify My Love" a sparse hip hop
beat, some lush keyboards, and her
sultry, crooning whisper on top. No
fewer than five of the songs here fall
into this category. The throbbing title
track, and the silky smooth mantra to
cunnilingus, "Where Life Begins,"
utilize this fonrula perfectly. Other
tracks, such as the tepid "Waiting,"
and the useless pseudo-rap of "Did
You Do It?," aren't so lucky (Al-
though both tracks are saved by the
gorgeous piano of James "Sleepy
It's on the songs that Madonna
takes a few chances on that she really
shines here. Her catchy camp rework-
ing of pop classic "Fever" is
irresistable, and should burn up the
dance floor as much as the singles
charts. Dancers will also shout for the
bass boom of "Deeper And Deeper."
Theconfessional ballad "Bad Girl"
is another stand-out, while "Secret
Garden" surprises with its playful
sing-song vocals, jazzy vibes, and
heavy jeep beat.
But after the artistic revelations of
"Like A Prayer," "Erotica" fails to
take that next step. But for those of us
just looking for a batch of feel-good
aural fantasy, it'll do just fine.
- Scott Sterling
Less than kin and more
by Jayne Wawrzyniak
They call themselves The Kind,
and they like to refer to themselves as
Ann Arbor's Best Homegrown Band.
Perhaps you've seen one of their fly-
ers hanging on a kiosk around cam-
pus. If this has sparked your curiosity,
and if you enjoy bands that differ
from the norm, you may want to check
out the interesting and diverse sounds
that The Kind has created.
Vocalist Matt E. Hahn, bassist Joe
Meiers, lead guitarist Erich Avery,
and percussionists Andy Gutowski
and Bryan Graban mix harsh, throaty
vocals with a double dosage of driv-
ing drum beats and memorable guitar
medleys. Uniqueness is key, and The
Kind has a lot of it to offer. What else
could you ask for?
The Kind's seven-song release,
recorded at School House Studio in
Ann Arbor in May, is intended for
loud listening - especially when
you're in one of those zombie states
after too much studying, too much
work, or too much social shit, and you
just want to let out a lot of repressed
energy or aggression. Each song is
remarkably distinct from the next,
which ultimately results in a cassette
that keeps the listener guessing up
until the very last chord is played.
Particular favorites of mine are "LG.
Junior," "H-ypochondriac," (a.k.a.
"Funk Jam") and "I Would."
The cassette's first track, "L.G.
Junior," well deserves its place.
Hahn's vocals, along with the incred-
ible beat and hard core feel of this
tune really gets the blood pumping.
"Trails" is unique with its subtle, yet
exciting meter changes. For a few
brief moments, this song gives us a
look at the band's mellow side.
"Hypochondriac," the first of two
instrumentals on the tape, could be
called an "instrumental journey."
Exploding with energy, it is a swift
movement and building of different
instrument solos and combinations.
The second instrumental, "I
Would," concludes the tape. Like
"Trails," it is characterized by meter
changes, but unlike "Trails," it could
be considered a ballad throughout.
Ultimately, "I Would" is an intrigu-
ing surprise. This soothing guitar
medley is fairly uncharacteristic of
the others on the tape. Even so, it
sounds great, works well for these
guys, and proves The Kind to be a
unique and diverse band.
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