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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 19, 1994

RECORDS
Continued from page 10
Mosh") it makes up for the horrible
Belladonna leads. Ian's singing "Now
it's dark, I can't see/don'tyou fucking
look at me" on "Now It's Dark" is
immensely satisfying. Not surpris-
ing, then, that the best track leaves
Belladonna nowhere in sight: "Bring
the Noise." The P.E. anthem that be-
came Anthrax's biggest hit up to that
point is expectedly excellent, with
Chuck D and Flavor Flavdoing a cool
intro to the song and Flav and Ian
doing a chorus and response promo-
tion of the other's band by inciting the
crowd to yell "Anthrax! Public En-
emy!" over and over at the end of the
song.
So, despite bad lead vocals and the
fact that the times listed in the booklet
have only a passing relationship with
the actual length of the individual
tracks, this is a fine bit of plastic and
shouldn't be ignored by you if you've
got some Anthrax interest.
- Ted Watts
Therapy?
Troublegum
A&M Records
What has made Therapy ? one of
the best metal / punk / rock bands of
this decade is their ability to ad-

equately fuse precisely those ele-
ments. They are one of the few bands
who know how to play raunchy, bru-
tal power chords without getting lost
in them; they can play at blazing speed,
but velocity isn't pivotal to their ap-
peal. At its height, their latest album
"Troublegum" is a testament to their
versatility. On the downside, how-
ever, Therapy? doesn't acknowledge
the fact a band has to change the key
and structure of their songs every
now and then if they are going to stay
vital. Luckily, with "Troublegum"
they do enough of the former to make
the album successful overall, but not
their best effort.
If anything, "Troublegum" is more
of a conventional metal album than
their previous release "Nurse," which
indulged in samples and drum effects
that bordered on industrial. Songs like
the single "Screamager" and "Knives"
are standard hard rock fare, complete
with desperate growling vocals and a
pleasing metalesque rumbling angst.
Thematically, "Troublegum"
tends to get a little too preachy and
little less interesting, straying from
their usual exploration of traumatic
relationships and sexual deviance to
religion and social injustice. There
are, however, sparks of complexity
and intrigue in songs like "Unre-
quited" and "Unbeliever." If it weren't
for songs like "Stop it You're Killing
Me" and "Trigger Inside" - which

aren't much more than bland, generic
moral-metal tunes - there would be
nothing disheartening about the al-
bum.
So, for all those who loved
"Nurse," there may be mild disap-
pointment involved with
"Troublegum." But it's still a good
album and, hey, there's a picture of a
person retching into a garbage can on
the cover, so I guess that's pretty cool
too.
- Josh Herrington
Luna
Bewitched
Elektra
Like their namesake, the band
Luna is a mercurial, evocative and
hypnotic outfit. Their new album
"Bewitched" is a perfect example of
what makes the band so distinct: their
mix of Velvet Underground drone-
cool, pure pop sensibilities and beau-
tiful melodies is current, timeless and
poignant. The album is sonically spa-
cious and light, taking mellow space-
pop to even further orbits.
"Bewitched" gets off to a great
start with the gentle, surf-tinged "Cali-
fornia (All the Way)" which includes
the wry lyrics "And now I lead the life
of a truck driver / Although I haven't
got the belly / And though she fol-
lowed me to California all the way / I

only want to watch the telly." The
single, "Tiger Lily," is catchy and
twangy, "Friendly Advice" features
the guitar work of Velvet Under-
ground member Sterling Morrison and
the title track, "This Time Around"
and "I Know You Tried" all showcase
singer / guitarist Dean Wareham's
pop instincts. Along with Morrison's
appearance, guests on this album in-
clude John Baumgartneron Hammond
organ, Frank London on trumpet and
Mercury Rev's Grasshopper on clari-
net. The instrumentation, which in-
cludes vibraphone, organ, trumpet,
clarinet, guitars, drums and bass, is
rich and used to great effect.
"Bewitched" is an amazingly con-
sistent album; there'snot a weak track
out of the 10 selections on the record.
However, Luna is so mellow and
dreamy that it is easy to tune it out as
aural wallpaper; but those who tune
into "Bewitched"'s frequency will
find it spellbinding.
- Heather Phares
Green Day
Dookie
Reprise Records
Ah yes, teenage angst and apathy.
How thrilling and new. Green Day
manages, however, to pull off the
feelings of despair through serious
(though sometimes cartoonish) lyrics
and intense punk rock. When Billie
Joe sings "I declare I don't care no
more / I'm burning up and out and
growing bored," on the first track,
"Burnout," you can't help but believe
him because, age-wise, Green Day
are young. Sound-wise, though, the
California band is very mature, play-

ing aggressive guitar rock with tight
harmonies.
Occasionally, Green Day's lyrics
become almost too silly, like on "Com-
ingClean" with "Seventeen and strung
out on confusion / Trapped inside a
roll of disillusion /I found out what it
takes to be a man / Mom and Dad will
never understand." No doubt yuppie
philosophers everywhere will point
to these words as evidence for the
impending doom of the so-called
Generation X or Y or whatever.
For the most part though;Green
Day delivers straightforward tales
about smoking dope, watching TV
and questioning authority, love, hate,
the future, the past and the kitchen
sink all in one big happy bubble of
adolescent haze. Everything a healthy
kid should do. But, with "Dookie,"
chock-full of wide-ranging themes
and passionate, aggressive music,
Green Day should attract listeners of
all ages.
- Matt Carlson
Shonen Knife
Rock Animals
Virgin
One of Japan's best musical ex-
ports, Shonen Knife play their own
unique brand of power-pop. The
Knife's lyrics may be more naive
than fellow country women
Supersnazz, and their music more
polished than Japanese punk band
Teengenerate, but the Knife continue
to lull the senses with hypnotically
seductive ballads and crunching rock
'n' roll reminiscent of the Ramones.
At the forefront of the supposed
See RECORDS, Page 13

Term End Show
Maybe you saw the Ann Arbor
Film Festival. Maybe you even
went to the Sundance Film Festi-
val. Who knows, maybe you even
made it all the way to Cannes this
year. Well, whatever the case,
you've still got one more great fes-
tival to attend.
That's right, the Film and Video
department is having their Term
End screening. The show will fea-
ture different types of work done
on film and video. Novel concept.
And dig this, there are going to
be real judges and real prizes. Yeah,
it's a fact. Russ Collins, the Execu-
tive director of the Michigan The-
ater will be there, as well as Laurie
White, the producer of "Roger and
Me," and Bruce Broeder, president
of Bruce and Chato.
So if you thought you'd made it
to all the major festivals or even if
you missed them all, there's still
one more to go and it should be
more than worth it.
The Term End Show takes place
Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 in the
Natural Science Auditorium. Be
there.
Lollapaloozer '94
In case you've been under arock
this past week, the new Lollapalooza
lineup has been officially an-
nounced. Contrary to rumors, the
event will not be cancelled because
of the tragic death of Kurt Cobain.
Headlining this year. are the
Smashing Pumpkins who take the
award for overkill act of the year.
Come on, do you really need to play
this area every other week? Also on
the bill are the Beastie Boys, George
Clinton (?1), The Breeders, Tribe
Called Quest, Nick Cave and the
Bad Seeds, L-7 and the Boredoms.
Apparently "industrial"is finally
dead - no Ministry or Front 242 on
this bill. However, in an effort to
continue stereotypes, there are two
rap acts scheduled this year and of
course, an all-female rock band.
A whole slew of second stage
bandsshave been named for the
shows, but these will probably
change by region, so wait on the
word. This year the show returns to
Pine Knob after the Great Disaster
of last year at the Milan Dragway.
Oh, gee, will you actually give us
water in sweltering mid-90's heat
without charging $7?!
Truly alternative. Yeah, what-
ever.

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