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The Nervous Return Ė Wake Up Dead (CD)

 

Sound: B-†††† Music: B-

 

 

The first album of a given band is always interesting because you know that band will not stay that way if they move on and they are not as polished, but the sophomore efforts can sound like a rough first album and The Nervous Returnís Wake Up Dead leaves that impression once you have heard it.The album has been getting good press.They have even toured more than many such acts would get to do so early on and have opened for the inarguably great No Doubt.

 

With that said, the album is purposely rough sounding technically and material wise.They are doing some degree of Punk, a genre so many generations down that even Green Dayís American Idiot can only be considered so bold, while there may be a bit more New Wave here than any critic (or the band?) might want to admit.The songs are:

 

1)     Dramahead

2)     Siberian Queer

3)     Red Camaro

4)     Murder Weapon

5)     Wake Up Dead

6)     So & So From Such & Such

7)     Itís Not Enough

8)     Hate Song (For Animate Objects)

9)     Skin Flavored Lollipops

10) Radiate

 

 

Good Rock music is allowed to be dumb, but some of the tracks here are just not as good as they could have been.The crux of the problem comes when the songs address human sexuality.Siberian Queer seems more like a gay bashing song than one about observing homosexual oppression, while Skin Flavored Lollipops is not as interesting as the title suggests.If they can develop this further, they have the musical talent to become a formidable act, but this is their gleaming handicap and I could care less about the rave reviews otherwise.

 

The PCM 2.0 Stereo is good enough, but is again purposely raw.Fortunately for them, some of the material and a majority of the musicianship can back up the attempt at authenticity.It is one of the more interesting listens you will have this year if you like rock music of any kind.That is even if you consider any Rock since the 1980s Post-Rock or this Post-Punk.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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