Penance Soiree [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
So serious, they are. Icarus Line have always trumpeted squawk over rock convention, but Penance Soiree jacks that ante from the very first measure of "Up Against the Wall." Sneering like a crack whore Mick Jagger "Why can't I get some fo' free?!" and swallowing the bassline howl whole, Icarus vocalist Joe Cardamone makes sex the type of thing to be scared of. There's post-punk in here -- that angularness that's the rage with operators too cool for things like "smelling nice" and "having a job." Icarus Line will attract these couture ghouls, no question. But Penance Soiree might also have true and valorous mass appeal, a shelf life past its buzz as an export from the land...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
So serious, they are. Icarus Line have always trumpeted squawk over rock convention, but Penance Soiree jacks that ante from the very first measure of "Up Against the Wall." Sneering like a crack whore Mick Jagger "Why can't I get some fo' free?!" and swallowing the bassline howl whole, Icarus vocalist Joe Cardamone makes sex the type of thing to be scared of. There's post-punk in here -- that angularness that's the rage with operators too cool for things like "smelling nice" and "having a job." Icarus Line will attract these couture ghouls, no question. But Penance Soiree might also have true and valorous mass appeal, a shelf life past its buzz as an export from the land of inky black hair styles. Don't doubt it: Icarus Line are crazy. But listen to that melodic preen in "Spike Island," and the way its guitars roar and teeter for an unavoidable groove -- this isn't the inaccessible intellectualism of Mars Volta, or Liars' distempered noise quackery. No, Icarus Line are uniters, not dividers. Even when "On the Lash" loses interest in its cracked psychedelia and rides Cardamone's reverbed wail into a pile of ridiculous static muck, it reengages with fresh crackling fury. "I can feeeeeeeel it," he screams over the pound, and it's better than hearing Van Halen for the very first time. The rest of Soiree is no slouch, either, cleverly weaving between the cones of insularity and throbbing accessibility. "Getting Bright at Night" is nine minutes of Karl Wallinger binging on old 4AD records, the beat-damaged "Caviar" invites the world to its druggy key party, and "Virgin Velcro" tears a hole in the disco ball to find strutting heavy metal inside. As serious as things get on Penance Soiree and the choppy "Spit On" gets pretty serious, there's the happily nagging notion that Icarus Line just want to entertain, and that they're damn good at it. The notion pays off in the last two minutes. "Party the Baby Off," behind all that squelch and trebly production, is just T. Rex classic rock with a message for the kids: "Tonight, take off all your clothes." Icarus Line -- pop's new heartthrobs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: V2 Int'l
  • EAN: 5033197255521
  • Catalog Number: 1025552
  • Sales rank: 127,003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Up Against the Wall (4:27)
  2. 2 Spit on It (1:53)
  3. 3 On the Lash (4:00)
  4. 4 Caviar (3:15)
  5. 5 Spike Island (3:45)
  6. 6 Kiss Like Lizards (4:46)
  7. 7 Getting Bright at Night (9:07)
  8. 8 Big Sleep (5:15)
  9. 9 White Devil (2:56)
  10. 10 Meatmaker (2:10)
  11. 11 Virgin Velcro (3:13)
  12. 12 Sea Sick (6:27)
  13. 13 Party the Baby Off (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Icarus Line Primary Artist
Jeff Watson Group Member
Michael Musmanno Synthesizer Horn
Jon Wahl Saxophone
Joe Cardamone Group Member
Alvin DeGuzman Group Member
Aaron North Group Member
Don Devore Group Member
Dirty Little Louis Rhythm
Technical Credits
Chris Reynolds Engineer
Danny Kalb Engineer
Michael Musmanno Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Rick Levy Engineer
The Icarus Line Composer, Producer
Joe Cardamone Composer
Aaron North Engineer
Matt Sohl Artwork
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