Alice Donut - Ten Glorious Animals!
Alice Donut - Ten Glorious Animals
01. Mrs Carradine
It's Alice Donut's triumphant return to AT! Album #10 is chock full of its eclectic mixture of hard rock & post-punk! From 1986 until now, Alice Donut has always kept it off-beat and inventive. Alice Donut's lyrics take on what they view as the perversities, odd details, and petty humiliations of life. Their lyrical subject matter focuses on topics including depravity, domestic violence, sexuality, and eggs. Add in a trombone-based version of the Pixies "Where Is My Mind" and you've got a brand new Alice Donut classic!
This one is sort of a cross between the last two albums, as well as yet another Alice Donut project that puts all its weakest songs up front. Although the production is much stronger than on Three Sisters, TGA's first half recalls that album by being downright drenched in simplistic '90s-style three-chord alt-rock/fuzz-pop. Tomas Antona and Sissi Schulmeister are both in good voice throughout, but the first five songs sound like they were written by non-musicians -- simple, straightforward, predictable, middle-of-the-road chord changes with no distinguishing qualities. The piano-driven "Mrs. Carradine" might as well be Mudhoney's "Generation Genocide," "Don't I Know" might as well be the Cows' "Mrs. Cancelled," "Lorelei & Henry" might as well be The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"; there's just nothing new going on in these songs. They're certainly easy on the ear -- and the idea of a fun-rock song about Larry Craig is hilarious -- but for a band as historically creative as Alice Donut, they sure don't reek of tremendous effort. The second half, on the other hand, has got it going ON! Encompassing a gritty Cowboy Western ode to touring ("Shiloh"), a very pretty piano ballad about an esophagus ("Esophagus"), a unique piece of 'pigfuck' roots rock ("Old Dominion"), a multi-part epic that veers from harmonized college rock arpeggios to cheerful bouncy death ruminations to pissed-off John Lennon riffing ("Prog Jenny"), a gorgeous and sorrowful multi-part vocal harmony acoustic strummer ("The Cavalry") and a trombone-driven Pixies cover ("Where Is My Mind?"), this run of six great songs is the true follow-up to 2006's formidable Fuzz. (Mark Prindle review including a hilarious fake telephone conversation between AD and Jello Biafra)
Le dixième et dernier album en date des Alice Donut signe leur retour sur Alternative Tentacles. Si la plupart des morceaux sont mid-tempo avec des allures de facilité, ils ont des qualités indéniables qui vous font les aimer aussitôt de par ces compos habiles et ces vocaux superbes, Sissi tire d'ailleurs admirablement bien son épingle du jeu. Certes, celui où elle tient le chant en frontal 'Lorelei & Henry' sonne un brin Pixies mais il conserve néanmoins tout son charme, et l'instrumental-reprise final où Stephen nous gratifie une fois de plus de son formidable jeu de trombone pour moi transcende ce morceau magique des Pixies (qui conclut admirablement le film Fight Club)... un pur bonheur! Donc, ce n'est pas un disque qui fait dans le tonitruant ni la vitesse d'exécution mais il apporte suffisament de créativité et surtout de maturité pour nous convaincre qu'Alice Donut est bien le putain de grand groupe qu'on admirait depuis le début.
Vinyl gladly ripped with dMC Auxiliary Input straight to Wave, each track edited with EAC then 224~320kbs VBR Mp3 encoded using db powerAMP (what else?)... tags & pics included, now get your mind together again!