Whiplash Boychild

Whiplash Boychild

by Chris Connelly
     
 

With his reputation as a neo-industrial shouter long since established, Connelly went a long way toward completely confounding all expectations of him with Whiplash Boychild, a commanding and often quite surprising solo effort of equal power and delicacy. The opening track, "Daredevil," sets the pace. Connelly's commanding, See more details below

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With his reputation as a neo-industrial shouter long since established, Connelly went a long way toward completely confounding all expectations of him with Whiplash Boychild, a commanding and often quite surprising solo effort of equal power and delicacy. The opening track, "Daredevil," sets the pace. Connelly's commanding, Bowie-like croon -- delivering either a sourly romantic lyric couched in political terms, or vice versa -- soars out over an arty groove, making for a fine start. Calling Boychild Connelly's cabaret album wouldn't be that far off the mark, especially given his vocal-and-piano cover of cult crooner Scott Walker's "The Amorous Humphrey Plugg." Compared with Marc Almond's splashy theatrics, Connelly is a little more abstract and restrained, approaching his material with a certain calm. Occasionally the music is extremely avant-garde: "Ghost of a Saint" consists of a curious rhythm loop and violin, while "Confessions of the Highest Bidder" is nearly ten minutes of static, white noise, and unintelligible vocal samples. Things are mostly straightforward, though: from the clean, forceful pound of "This Edge of Midnight" and the elegant, dancefloor-pitched lead single, "Stowaway," to the minimal keyboard-and-atmospherics of "The Last of Joy" and "The Hawk, the Butcher, the Killer of Beauties." Connelly's studio band discharges its duties well -- especially the rhythm section of bassist Stuart Zechman and drummer William Rieflin -- while the production is remarkably clear, without ever being sterile or losing the impact of the music. Add to that the occasional off-kilter sample from unknown Spanish or French sources, and Whiplash Boychild makes for a fine solo debut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/1993
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581713420
catalogNumber:
7134

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Connelly   Primary Artist
Steve Albini   Guitar,Recorder

Technical Credits

Chris Connelly   Composer,Producer,Contributor,Artwork,Cover Photo
Scott Walker   Composer
Steve Albini   Engineer
Keith Fluffy Auerbach   Producer,Engineer
Jim Marcus   Contributor
Bill Rieflin   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Tim Young   Artwork
Tom Young   Artwork,Cover Photo
Stuart Zechman   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Jessica Villines   Producer,Engineer
Brian Shanley   Artwork,Cover Photo
Andy McGregor   Contributor
Jeff Newell   Engineer

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