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12- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 15, 1994

RECORDS
Continued from page 11
Messiah
21st Century Jesus
American Recordings
If there is ever a "Rave Til Dawn
II," the producers would be remiss if
Messiah was not included. This is not
necessarily a good thing. Messiah's
form of techno music is everything
that people hate about techno; the
music is loud, dissonant, overly in-
dustrial and obnoxious.
Someone should let Messiah know
that overt sampling is no longer avant
garde. This album sounds as if it is at
least three years old in that it indulges
in techno clichds (if such a thing ex-
ists) without adding anything new to
a genre of music that is highly self-
conscious and expansive.
Even Nine Inch Nails would be
embarrassed by the combination of
reverbed, pseudo-singing over hard-
core techno beats found on "21st Cen-
tury Jesus." This album is the kind of
music that could get someone evicted
- for playing at any volume.

"In your face" is probably the best
way to describe this ill-conceived al-
bum and "in your garbage" is the best
way to describe this album's proper
place. Let us all hope that this Messiah
will not be resurrected any time soon.
- Ben Ewy
Cherubs
Heroin Man
Trance
Bon't de foncused. The Trance la-
bel is not a techno label. It is, in fact,
one of the better purveyors of punk
type rock around these days, and this
album exhibits this tendency well.
The Cherubs take heavy guitar and
harsh head-piercing samples and com-
bine them to create a wonderful rockin'
sound. Or something like that. Vocals
get buried sometimes, while at other
times they take a more forward posi-
tion. Songs like "Stag Party" and
"Baby Huey" are at the front of all
things good about sampling in today's
world. It's nice and noisy guitar music
for those who are out of the '80s
And don't forget, the Cherubs care
enough about you to release a 7" on

colored vinyl with persona
ages madeout of wallpaper
your money.
Mekons
Retreat From Memph
Quarterstick Records
Punk's not dead after
had problems with its re
and distribution. After a lor
a rather flat album last
Mekons are back in full f
ally the only member of the
to stay almost intact and toI
ing out the punk tunes. On C
album, power chords and c
unite to create one of th
nnitrl atiCP. in v-r

lized pack-
Give them Val Gardena
River of Stone
-Ted Watts PolyGram Records
Val Gardena is ri
with its debut CD, "1
is From the looks of i
duo will be sailing f
all; it just come.
'cord label This wordless co
ng wait and and acoustical sound
year, the any true lover of laic
orce, virtu- music. From the hig
class of'77 phone sounds of "Pens
keep crank- melodious piano and
heir newest "In Her Hands," Val
ommunism ues to amaze and entr
e catchiest with a wide varietyc
s, "Retreat nances and tones.
"River of Stone"
panion to have wit
you're doing an all-n
a quiet evening with
just trying to chill by
you've listened to thi
meditative sounds we
gotten.

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Sundial
Libertine
Beggars Banquet
Like a lot of wo
Sundial missed ou
From Memphis." shoegazer hype that
Lyrically, the album is up with the otherwise been neatl
proletariat and all that, but musically being a part of. Inste
- with a catchy, rockin' mix of the one of the most undo
Jam, the Clash, the Buzzcocks and the albums of that period
Pixies-is where"RetreatFromMem- while still remainin
phis" shines, providing a hummable known.
foil for the red-tinged words. Songs On "Libertine,"
like "Eve Future," "Ice Rink in Berlin" full-length release, t
and"Spinning RoundInFlames" show from the pure psycl
that after over 15 years, the Mekons "Reflecter" and catch
still have a powerful message and ern groove, which en
equally powerful music. parable to early-perio
- Heather Phares "Libertine" also find
perimenting with dr
ented break beats ant
attempt to give the a
' 1 spacey feel that their
lacked.
Despite this, the
Loop are still ine
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psychedelic riff they can find and play-
ing it over and over throughout the
song. On most of the tracks on th
album, such as "Everything You Are
ding the waves and "Around and Around," these riffs
River of Stone." are so mind-meltingly entrancing that
t, this two-man it seems like you could hear it over
or some time to and over for five hours instead of five
minutes. Other tracks, such as "Deep
llection of jazz Inside" and "Hold On" use the same
is is a must for formula but Sundial's attempt to sound
d-back, relaxing a bit more rock 'n' roll ultimately falls
h-pitched saxo- flat.
sive" to the slow, Sundial are at their best whe*
violin sounds of they reach for the mellow, head-trip
Gardena contin- grooves that they know how to create
ance the listener as well as anyone and, fortunately,
of timbres, reso- most of "Libertine" consists of these
moments. While not a classic, "Liber-
is a great com- tine" is still a fine album from an
h you, whether extremely talented band.
tighter, spending -Andy Dolan
a loved one or Alice Donut
y yourself. Once Dry Humping the Cash CowO0
s CD, its almost Alternative Tentacles
on't be soon for Ah, yes, Alice Donut. You might
not be able to tell from the singer's
-Eugene Bowen voice if it's a he or a she, but he (as it
turns out the singer is male) sounds
great nonetheless. And this album is a
fine sampler of all Donut works to
rthwhile groups, date as itsis a live recording from
t on the whole CBGB's.
they might have In the eternal quest to be coolg
y pigeonholed as than thou, this is a fine unit to quesT
ad, they released for the title of coolest of the cool.
errated, beautiful They've delivered their harsh rock
with "Reflecter," type thing for a good many years now
g relatively un- and have done it on Alt Tent. If you
like Donut, get this for the chance to
tundial's fourth hear them live on tape. If you don't
:he band strays know them, get this to like them. And
hedelic rock of if you don't like them, get it on the
es a more mod- double vinyl because it is the best
ds up more com- thing in the universe.
d Loop or Verve. -Ted Watts
Is the band ex-
am machine-ori- Bark Psychosis
d samplers in an Hex
lbum a modem, Caroline
contemporaries As their name doesn't suggest,
Bark Psychosis are actually into ex-
comparisons to tremely mellow, somber, melancholy
vitable due to atmospheres which they weave with a
taking the most fragile intricateness that, like a lot of
great mood music,just seems to relat
perfectly to those darker moments in
life. There's an awful lot of loneli-
ness, isolation and pure sadness to be
heard within these seven tracks, but
rAN the album's real charm lies in its
Break. heavily layered sound which includes
heavy use of strings, horns, vibes and
, a piano to augment the gentle guitar
where strums and hypnotic bass lines which
nd permeate these tracks.
In addition, Bark Psychosis choose
to create musical structures which
A add a sense of instability to their mu-
sic. Often times, the effectisextremely
unsettling, such as the pounding drums
that crash through the delicacy of
"Eyes & Smiles" and the dissonant
piano motives that cut in at the end of
"Fingerspit."
and YOU With "Hex," Bark Psychosis has
he above. createdamesmerizing recordthatisn'
S-1409 preoccupied with its own beauty. At
the same time, its moods are dark
'00Ap enough to capture those moments
C'an 'Be" perfectly.
-Andy Dolan

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