Bodies Need Rest

Bodies Need Rest

by Pleasure Forever
     
 

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Pleasure Forever is one of those bands that requires multiple hyphenations: post-prog-goth-glam-grunge comes to mind. With an ability to pull influences as disparate as Bauhaus, the Bad Seeds, Ziggy Stardust, the Black Heart Procession,

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Pleasure Forever is one of those bands that requires multiple hyphenations: post-prog-goth-glam-grunge comes to mind. With an ability to pull influences as disparate as Bauhaus, the Bad Seeds, Ziggy Stardust, the Black Heart Procession, Alice in Chains, and even King Crimson into a patented mix, they create a smooth blend as delicious as its constituent ingredients. Complex arrangements, Weimar-era cabaret and arena rock swagger all compete for attention, often within each track. "King Cobra in the Guts of Valhalla" consists of rock-opera melodrama and a sinister Layne Staley snarl. "Miles Underneath" makes effective use of a cascading piano figure akin to those purveyed by Roland Howard's These Immortal Souls or goth chanteuse (and fellow San Franciscan) Jill Tracy. "Capricorn Blue" could be latter-day Soundgarden (minus Chris Cornell's upper register). And "Right Back Down the Middle" combines FM radio bravado and a singalong chorus with Slash-style guitar lines and Deep Purple organ. These are the original tracks on this compilation -- the following four are some of the most unlikely choices of cover songs one could ever expect from this bunch. Alice Cooper's "Black Juju" is treated with the tribal drums and eerie keyboards of mid-period Pink Floyd and the vocal line is more Mudhoney than mock-gothic. Black Flag's "The Bars" transfers Greg Ginn's frenetic guitar riff into a rollicking piano arrangement to fantastic effect and implodes in a wah wah guitar frenzy at the climax. And the Germs' "Our Way" becomes a poignant piano ballad while ABBA's "Honey Honey" is a woozy and blurred yet tender late-night love song. With the four scorching originals and four odd covers giving insight as to the band's influences, Bodies Need Rest may be the trio's most interesting album and a great place for neophytes to begin.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Conspiracy Records
UPC:
5425015710372
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
326845

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