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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Chris Vrenna has accomplished quite a lot since leaving his position as drummer for Nine Inch Nails. As a producer, he's worked with a diverse range of artists who includes David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Cold, and Xzibit. As a remixer, he's lent his knob-twiddling talents to U2, Nelly Furtado, and Weezer. And now, in Tweaker's The Attraction to All Things Uncertain, he has his first solo project. But you can't help comparing his sound to that of ex-boss Trent Reznor. Eerie ambient atmospheres, haunting synth sounds that lend the music a gothic sort of appeal, industrial-style beats that land just this side of funky, and occasional blasts of noisy, distorted guitar: These are ...
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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Chris Vrenna has accomplished quite a lot since leaving his position as drummer for Nine Inch Nails. As a producer, he's worked with a diverse range of artists who includes David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Cold, and Xzibit. As a remixer, he's lent his knob-twiddling talents to U2, Nelly Furtado, and Weezer. And now, in Tweaker's The Attraction to All Things Uncertain, he has his first solo project. But you can't help comparing his sound to that of ex-boss Trent Reznor. Eerie ambient atmospheres, haunting synth sounds that lend the music a gothic sort of appeal, industrial-style beats that land just this side of funky, and occasional blasts of noisy, distorted guitar: These are Reznor's stock-in-trade, and this album shows Vrenna soaked up quite a bit from his apprenticeship with NIN. That said, while not quite as effective as Reznor's best work, Vrenna does add a few twists along the way to give The Attraction to All Things Uncertain a unique appeal. Guest vocals by David Sylvian lend the opening track, "Linoleum," an accessible feel somewhere between David Bowie and U2 that's sorely lacking in the album's slower spots. Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren also drops in on two tracks, lending his sensitive vocals to help tell the conceptual tale about a man named Elliott, who struggles through life dealing with disillusionment and identity struggles. Ultimately, the vocal tracks including one featuring Will Oldham are far more effective, as Vrenna's electronic noodling isn't quite innovative enough to carry the album's momentum on its own. Still, an impressive debut effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036105522
  • Catalog Number: 1055
  • Sales rank: 129,313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Linoleum (4:32)
  2. 2 Years from Now - Chris Vrenna (2:49)
  3. 3 Swamp - Chris Vrenna (4:20)
  4. 4 Turned - Chris Vrenna (2:33)
  5. 5 Happy Child (2:32)
  6. 6 The Drive-Bye - Chris Vrenna (4:30)
  7. 7 Take Me Alive (4:25)
  8. 8 Susan - Chris Vrenna (2:47)
  9. 9 Microsize Boy - Chris Vrenna (3:12)
  10. 10 Full Cup of Coffee - Chris Vrenna (3:53)
  11. 11 Empty Sheet of Paper - Chris Vrenna (3:39)
  12. 12 After All (5:10)
  13. 13 Come Play - Chris Vrenna (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
tweaker Primary Artist
Chris Vrenna Primary Artist
David Sylvian Vocals
King Buzzo Guitar
Wayne Kramer Guitar
Richard Mouser Guitar
Petra Haden Violin
Mark Blasquez Guitar
DJ Swamp Turntables
Clint Walsh Guitar
Craig Wedren Track Performer
Will Oldham Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tom Baker Mastering
Richard Mouser Engineer
Peter Reardon Producer
Chris Vrenna Engineer, Art Direction, Producer, Writer
David Kent Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tweaking is not enough

    Many of the songs are instrumental which is too bad. The good stuff here are the songs. The instrumentals, while good, are a bit average. Tweaker should attempt to be more of a song band. As you might expect from an ex NIN member the production is great but it's just not enough to make a great album. The audio clips on this page (which convinced me to buy this CD) showcase the best parts of each track. As 30 second clips they rock but as three to four minute pieces they fall short.

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