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Tuesday, May 4, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11

tton boggles again
the occasional enunciated s
"poompa" on track 29. Then
loose, harsh indie rock feel
with the instruments, the kind
to turn up to irritate your sla
Celine Dion listening neighbo
The problem with this albu
the tracks don't develop into
>.. ~ ~memorable. And it's not the
either the shortness of the tra
* o nature of noise. There are
catchy yet brief songs simil
Dwarves. Plenty of memor
rock similar to the boredoms a
Fantomas is Mike Patton's (of Mr. Ah well, ambient's the wa
ngle and the late Faith No More) pet future if you believe commer
project. While not this has to be at least as good s
as experimental as for your life as Fatboy Slint.
his recent solo
* albums, Fantomas
~antomas is still very daring. Songs From Da
W n ms Leavened by the
Fantomas presence of more Creek
Ipecac mainstream musi- Columbia/Sony Music Soundtt
cal forces like ***
Reviewed by Porn Scorer and
Daily Arts Writer Melvins lead guy Following in the footstep
Ted Watts Buzz Osborne, So-Called Life," "Party of F
Fantomas ends up "Friends," "Songs From
unding more like noise rock as Creek" has arrived. "Son
posed to just noise. Dawson's Creek" is fill of sap
1 is an instrumental album with smarmy pop alternative that,
c:; Patton vells and mews on many may be real lame, but deep
the tracks, but there's not a word to be damn enjoyable.
and on the disc. The closest you get is Opening the albuti is the

ound like
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going on
you want
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rs.
um is that
anything
C fault of
cks or the
plenty of
ar to the
ble noise
as well.
ve of the
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oundtrack
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:rack
s of "My
Five" and
Dawson's
igs from
-n-cheese,
at times,
down it's
ever pop-

ular "Kiss Me" by Christian band
Sixpence None the Richer. Have these
Dawson's execs simply decided to lean
on the surprising success of the recent
teen hit "She's All That?" One wonders
whether it's purely financial ideals or
shrewd coincidence at work. "Songs
From Dawson's Creek" also features
several prominent female artists
including Sophie B. Hawkins and
Heather Nova.
The album is rounded up with
Shooter's "Life's a Bitch," the annoy-
ing "Shimmer" by the momentarily
cool Shawn Mullins as well as several
introspective pieces with PJ Olsson's
courtesyofWarner,5't-ers
Even big time TV stars get the blues.
"Ready For a Fall" and Sozzi's
"Letting Go."
So this is "Dawson's Creek" and
the songs that surround it. Sappy, sen-
timental, at times abhorrant (try
Jessica Simpson's "Did You Ever Love
Somebody"), but generally emotional-
ly fun, as you watch and recall your

own high school daze and your past
relationships with those countless
Beckys or Sarahs, Mikes or Jeffs,
coming each week in the eyes of one
confused river kid Dawson Leary and
his childhood soulmate Joey Potter.
Chtis Cousino
Neurosis
Times of Grace
Relapse Records
A new cliche in the world of heavy
music is that albums marketed as "the
soundtrack to a new bleak millennium"
or something worded in a similar fash-
ion. Every record label and music
reviewer these days seems to be slapping
that phrase on every dark and heavy
record in recent memory.
The problem lying in the overuse of a
phrase like that is that it becomes a has-
sle to distinguish the "ka ka" from the
"ooh la la!"
Listening to Neurosis' new album
"Times of Grace" it becomes awfully
clear that this is prime "ooh la la!" dark,
morose and heavy music.
The boys of Neurosis have done it
again and have constructed a monster of
a release filled with tunes lush in sound
layers and jagged with hard riffs. The
songs may take their time to develop and
progress but it's a trip well worth the
effort. "Times of Grace" is a release that
transcends any cliche and truly deserves

to be labeled with the "soundtrack for a
new bleak millennium" description.
Ad/in Rosi
Mo B. Dick
Gangsta Harmony
No Limit Records
The range of styles on "Gangsta
Harmony" make it the best No Limit
Records album to date. While recent
albums by Master P, Snoop Dogg and
Silkk The Shocker have established No
Limit as the premier label for gangsta
rap, Mo B. Dick's album transcends the
formulaic genre. Few of the 18 songs on
"Gansta Harmony" sound similar musi-
cally or vocally, much unlike the afore-
mentioned rap albums by No Limit that
have found enormous commercial suc-
cess with America's youth.
The variety of Dick's album arises
from his role as a producer for No
Limit. Though he may not have the rap-
ping skills of Master P or Silkk, he
sings quite well. Some of his R 'n' B
influenced songs such as "Picture U &
Me" prove that Dick can supply plenty
of soul with his voice. Dick also show-
cases his diverse musical production
skills on songs such as "Twerk
Some'm" and "Smoke My Life Away"
when he blends hip-hop beats with R
'n' B and soul.
Jason Birchmeier

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