We Sing of Only Blood or Love

We Sing of Only Blood or Love

by Dax Riggs
     
 
We Sing of Only Blood or Love, Dax Riggs' first album under his given name, touches on the sounds and moods of his previous projects, fusing the bluesy eclecticism of Deadboy & the Elephantmen and Agents of Oblivion with ominous shades of his earlier sludge metal outfit,

Overview

We Sing of Only Blood or Love, Dax Riggs' first album under his given name, touches on the sounds and moods of his previous projects, fusing the bluesy eclecticism of Deadboy & the Elephantmen and Agents of Oblivion with ominous shades of his earlier sludge metal outfit, Acid Bath. The album's best moments pull the listener into Riggs' eternal nighttime and don't let go: "Night Is the Notion" begins with sidewinding menace and a swarm of smoky guitars, then lunges into its choruses with rattling, ruined honky tonk pianos, while "Truth in the Dark"'s goth-punk gets a seductive sheen courtesy of sleek synths. However, Riggs' fusion of blues and metal doesn't always work. For every "Scarlett of Heaven Nor Hell" -- a tightly wound rocker driven by Riggs' throaty growl of a voice and thorny guitars -- there's a song like "Radiation Blues" or "A Spinning Song," both of which fall prey to clichéd, repetitive songwriting. We Sing of Only Blood or Love's first half often feels disappointingly straightforward, especially compared to how effortlessly Deadboy & the Elephantmen threw together punk, blues, glam rock, and folk and made them fit together in a perfect, and perfectly unpredictable, way. However, as the album unfolds, so does Riggs' restless creativity. Veering from the gritty spareness of the acoustic "Ourobourous" to the full-tilt punk stomp of "The Wall of Death," We Sing of Only Blood or Love's second half brims with invigorating twists and turns. "Dog-Headed Whore" recasts Led Zeppelin's folk-blues as a bayou lament; "Ghost Movement" and "Dethbryte" nod to the theatrical glam rock that has been a major influence on Riggs' post-Acid Bath music. Likewise, Riggs seems more engaged when he sings about being alive in the face of death rather than brooding over the end of life, as on the strutting, vibrant "Forgot I Was Alive" and "Living Is Suicide." We Sing of Only Blood or Love is frustratingly uneven, but at its darkly witty best, it's a fine solo debut for Riggs.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
Label:
Fat Possum Records
UPC:
0767981110424
catalogNumber:
1104

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Performance Credits

Dax Riggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Robbie Lee   Organ,Piano
Matt Sweeney   Background Vocals
James Lo   Drums
Adam Clement   Drums
Nicolas Vernhes   Keyboards
Andy MacLeod   Drums
T.K. Webb   Guitar
Alex Bergeron   Bass
Alex Bergeron   Bass Guitar
Adam Clement   Drums
J.T. Van Zandt   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Keating   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Matt Sweeney   Audio Production
Dax Riggs   Producer,Audio Production
Andrew W.K.   Producer,Audio Production
Michael Carney   Graphic Design,Cover Photo

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