12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 12, 1996
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"Barely Alive" (which sounds just like
"Staying Alive" and mentions the
BeeGees) is pretty damn funny. Although
lines like "I'm just a slipped disco man"
are a little too blunt, they are saved by
ones like "My mind is blown and so's my
hair" "This Time, This Night" and "Disco
Suicide" are both marred with spoken
word parts that just fall flat.
There are also two covers of songs
from MAD albums. "Blind Date" by
Green Jelly is a little bit flat in the
vocals, but sounds pretty much like it
would fit in on the original album.
Ben Vaughn's cover of "I Found Her
Telephone Number Written on the
Bathroom Wall" sounds very retro
musically, but his voice has some dis-
tortion on it that has "successful inter-
pretation" written all over it.
The tracks that are funny combined
with Rhino's always-informative liner
notes that guide you through your lis-
tening journey make this worthwhile. A
lot more so than the magazine has been
in recent years.
- Ted Watts
Near Life Experience
Come's most recent album, "Near
Life Experience," covers both old terri-
tory for the band and heads in new,
exciting directions. Singers/guitarists
Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw weath-
ered the departure of the band's original
rhythm section a year ago (they're
replaced by 11 different musicians for
the recording of this album, including
bassists and drummers from groups like
The Jesus Lizard, Retsin, Tortoise and
Rachel's). Whoever's playing on the
tracks, it's clear from the opening of
"Hurricane" that Come is re-energized,
and that "Near Life Experience" is their
most concise and affecting release yet.
The group's bluesy-punk is still appar-
ent on "Bitten," but the group stretches
in different directions with gentle bal-
lads like "Weak As the Moon" and
"Slow Eyed." Though it's only eight
tracks long, Come packs more musical
experiences into "Near Life
Experience" than most groups do in an
- Heather Phares
KMFDM always seems to have the
best album covers. That keen drawn art
in the simplistic colors. Most of their
releases have this standardized look to
them that would make the "K" section
of any good record collection stand out
by its unity.
"XTORT" looks very much like other
KMFDM products, and has the same
good sounds other KMFDM has, too.
"Crazed" is a upbeat kinda ditty, with
fast drums beating down on your head.
"Dogma" is a sorta documentation of
conspiracy nuts' ideas. The spoken word
effect on the track really works well from
a simply aesthetic point of view. It is
however, a little hard to tell if it is serious
or parody. It is difficult to say if we
should laugh with or at the band. They
never really have taken themselves that
seriously though. The very next song, in
fact, is titled "Inane" and contains the
line "Like everything else it's completely
inane," referring to the band's output. It's
hard to dislike a group full of at least tit-
The band still presents a nice musical
melange of standard KMFDM devices.
Male and female voices are still present,
trumpets are placed in a sterile manner
into songs like "Blame" and the hint of
stolen styles creeps under the surface of
many tracks. "Ikons" starts out with a
great drawn out effect, before regress-
ing to the business-as-usual sounds of
Well, so what if it's more or less like
all KMFDM stuff? That's not so bad.
- Ted Watts
in the zone
Wayman Tisdale shocked the musical
world last year with the release of his
debut album "Power Forward." For the
first time since Shaq and Deion took
time out from sports to make a mockery
of music, we actually have an athlete
who appreciates music and who can
perform well. Wayman Tisdale's ability
with the bass guitar and his very nice
voice, which has improved greatly since
"Power Forward" was released, make
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more album, a great LP buy.
Never short of basketball references,
Tisdale, a Phoenix Suns power forward,
tells of his experiences in the sport from
high school through college and on into
the NBA throughout his album's inter-
Yet, with few exceptions, Tisdale's
music flows greatly outside of the
sports realm. Without question, the pre-
mier cut is "Thinking of You." This song
is a most relaxing mixture of R&B bal-
ladeering and jazz-music engineering.
Tisdale's echo-ish voice keeps the
song's dreamy nature alive.
Voice-less cuts like "Don't Take Your
Love Away" and "Early Morning
Drive" are must-hear songs. They are
especially set off by saxophonists Brian
King and Eddie M.
Having written and produccd nvsr of
this LP's songs, Tisdalc has estabkhed
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soiled laundry Shaq and Deion have
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