There’s something that’s just so almost about this. And it’s not like I like it a little and it’s almost great. It’s like I almost love it but don’t even really like it. My appreciation of it is all checklist-based. Heavy music: check. Acerbic lyrics: check. Progressive song structure: check. But it doesn’t grab me. It’s got a bad case of Marillion syndrome or something.
Maybe I’ve just outgrown this type of thing. Maybe if I’d heard this back in 1994 I’d be a huge fan. Maybe it’s the mid-range emphasis and generally dry sound that leaves me cold.
For a while I was going on they hypothesis that I would like it more if I could understand more than just the occasional America-hating (something I always prefer be done by Americans; Manic Street Preachers are Welsh) lyric. And then I read the lyrics as I listened and I actually liked it a lot less. Apparently these lyrics were written first and the lyricists and songwriter are not the same people…and that’s not surprising at all. The music never fits the lyrics, the lyrics are never lyrical, and the delivery of the lyrics ignores pretty much all American-English prosody. (As an aside the guy who wrote most of these lyrics disappeared shortly after this album was released. I don’t have anything to say about that, but something like that looms large over a CD and I can’t really let that go unmentioned.)
From about halfway through the eighth track, “Mausoleum,” to the end of the album (13 tracks in total), things are pretty awesome. Almost awesome enough to keep it at three clowns. Almost.
– “Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart,” “This Is Yesterday,” “Die In The Summertime”
– “Yes,” “She Is Suffering,” “Revol,” “4st 7lb,” “Mausoleum,” “Faster,” “The Intense Humming Of Evil”
– “Of Walking Abortion,” “Archives Of Pain”
Song Notes: After the jump