The Binet-Simon Test

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Miranda July's The Binet-Simon Test is one of the most bizarrely fascinating releases Kill Rock Stars has ever put out. It's not really music in a conventional sense as much as it's a post-riot grrrl indie-punk take on Laurie Anderson's early multimedia work: the minimalist music is there primarily to underpin July's surreal dialogues. In keeping with the album's title, each of the five lengthy pieces three hover around the ten-minute mark features a type of interview or interrogation, with July playing all the vocal roles. A sense of increasing paranoia pervades the album, climaxing in the hectoring "WSNO," a sort of sardonic morality play set in the ugly confines of a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Miranda July's The Binet-Simon Test is one of the most bizarrely fascinating releases Kill Rock Stars has ever put out. It's not really music in a conventional sense as much as it's a post-riot grrrl indie-punk take on Laurie Anderson's early multimedia work: the minimalist music is there primarily to underpin July's surreal dialogues. In keeping with the album's title, each of the five lengthy pieces three hover around the ten-minute mark features a type of interview or interrogation, with July playing all the vocal roles. A sense of increasing paranoia pervades the album, climaxing in the hectoring "WSNO," a sort of sardonic morality play set in the ugly confines of a sensationalistic talk show "hosted" by July in a chillingly smarmy Dr. Laura-type voice. The Binet-Simon Test is unsettling, sometimes unpleasant listening, but it works more often than not, and a dry-as-dust sense of humor does offset some of the bleaker passages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1998
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • UPC: 759656029629
  • Catalog Number: 296
  • Sales rank: 242,154

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Medical Wonder (8:13)
  2. 2 Lena Beamish (10:33)
  3. 3 I Can-Japan (4:11)
  4. 4 WSNO (9:21)
  5. 5 The Co-Star (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miranda July Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Larry Crane Engineer
Miranda July Producer
Matthew Steinke Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes it is weird

    Miranda July is a unique artist. I have listened to this CD over and over. I have found nothing else like it. The CD itself is like listening to someone with mutiple personalities talking into a microphone with some sound effects added. When you start quoting it at work exepect to get some weird looks.

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