Melody of Certain Damaged Lemonsby Blonde Redhead
This trio's mix of dissonant melodies and avant-garde song forms has earned them comparisons to another New York art rock outfit, Sonic Youth. But for some, Blonde Redhead are much more engaging than their Lower East Side contemporaries. On their fifth album, MELODY OF CERTAIN DAMAGED LEMONS, the band are still working the ugly-beauty equation, but with more cohesive results than ever before. Songs such as "Equally Damaged" and "Hated Because of Great Qualities" spin delicate rhythmic webs and dark and diaphanous melodies beneath Kazu Makino's girlish vocals. "For the Damaged," a tender piano ballad about shared madness, could be a track by Tori Amos's little sister. The band doodle with keyboard experimentation throughout ("Ballad of Lemons"), but the real sonic blister arises at album's end with "Mother." A raging, punked-out brawl of careening beats and ranting vocals, the song suddenly gives way to a gentle music box mood more in tune with the rest of this album's nightmarish elegance.
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- Touch & Go Records
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