12 -- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 13, 1995
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Pram's third LP finds the band
taking a different turn from their
last full-length, the recently reis-
sued "Helium." The sense of ran-
dom chaos which was present on
their earlier releases has been re-
placed by more coherent song struc-
tures, and in doing this Pram have
exchanged much of their maniacal
tendencies for a genuine sense of
"Sargasso Sea" is often reminis-
cent of a cool-flavored ambient
record, but with enough of Pram's
own sound injected into it. Cheap
keyboard sounds replace vibra-
phones, flutes, and organs on many
of the tracks, but this works mainly
because Pram refuse to draw to
much attention to any individual
sound by making sure each one plays
an important part in the song.
There's a definite sense of sad-
ness on "Sargasso Sea" that
stretches far beyond the lyrics. Even
the more upbeat sounding tunes,
such as "Little Scars" and "Crooked
Tiles" have a genuine feeling of
uneasiness, while "Louse Threads"
subtly builds up a ger~ine feeling
of despair around lyrics like "You
think there's a better Iace for you
/ Where everything will be brand
new." Like the music, Mhe lyrics are
never particularly diirect, but get
their point across beautifully within
the context of each song.
"Sargasso Sea" is not an over-
whelming album, but it is filled
with strong tunes that gyet their point
across with remarkable delicate-
ness. Records like this should never
- Andy Dolan
Hmmph. Leave it to ;producer Butch
Vig (the drummer for this band) and
"hip" label Geffen Records (Almo's dis-
tributor) to chum out this kind of blah,
boring altemaj unk. At least the band chose
an apt name to signify tie kind of music
that they make.
Harsh? Well, maybe a little. "Vow"-
the single that was pushed down
everyone's throat this summer - is a
pretty nifty little radio song, with a catchy
chorus and an interesting blend of sonic
textures, from distorted vocals to sweetly
limpid guitars to pistoia-like drums. And
the current single "Qaeer" also has a
sinister sex appeal that redeems it some-
what from the cheesinmsof the rest ofthe
album. Singer Shirley Mansonhasamore-
than-adequate voice mnd a kind of hard,
decadent sensuality that hasn't been seen
in pop music recently.
But ... Vig's produmction on the album
is shinier than anything he's done previ-
ously, giving"Garbage" an icky, oil-slick
sheen that occasionally works with the
band's material but snore often sounds
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like cheesy dance music. Even his drum-
ming sounds more like a drum machine
than an actual human being.
Mostly, however, the band just sounds
angsty andjaded for no good reason. "Fix
MeNow"'s lyrics proclaim,"Things don't
have to be this way/catch me on a better
day." Whatever. Like Alanis Morrisette,
Garbage makes a cottage industry of be-
ing angry and weird. And while their
album isn't total junk, it's no prize either.
- Heather Phares
The Sound Your Eyes Can
chock-full of just what the band
advertises: Weird, kinetic sounds
and noises that seem to bounce and
jump within the confines of 10 com-
positions - they're much too wild
and willful to be called songs. While
much of the album works on an
experimental level, brimming over
with pop tunes it isn't. Don't expect
to hum numbers like "Joker John"
and "The Grind." However, Polly
Harvey of PJ Harvey appears on
several tracks, most audibly on "Just
a Working Girl." A unique album,
"The Sound Your Eyes Can Fol-
low" is full of ideas ... But can your
ears follow it as well?
-- Heather Phares
Garbage in? Garbage out? You decide.
This niftily-named album
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