Head Automatica is the somewhat unlikely pairing of Glassjaw screamer Daryl Palumbo with gonzo beatmaker Dan the Automator. The collaboration rocks a brazenly superficial sound on Decadence, drawing freely from furiously en vogue dance-punk, assemblist modern rock, and bits and pieces of the Def Jux crew's underground aesthetic. The result is not 100 percent consistent, and occasionally skates right past irony and straight into empty-headed pomposity. But in its best moments, Decadence is a dizzy paint shaker, as garish and morally bankrupt as you want your art sleaze to be. (Pink Grease fans, take note.) For Head Automatica, Palumbo's plastic man Mike Patton yowl has been tuned down, doused in cheapie cologne, and sent out on to the mirrored dancefloor in search of coquettish dance-punk groupies. His wingman is Automator, who enjoys punching up Automatica's live instrument complement (including organ, guitar, and drums) with big beat sequences and processed back-alley pigments. "Brooklyn Is Burning" cuts bumpy dollar store disco under a crackling sample suggestive of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," while "Please Please Please [Young Hollywood]" channels Duran Duran straight west to the steamy pavement of L.A. and fluorescent fabric reflecting in Silverlake swimming pools. For whatever reason, Rancid's Tim Armstrong contributes vocals to the frenetically distorted "Dance Party Plus"; the cut aims for that Hullabaloo in Hell, satyr-sock-hop-feel popularized by Queens of the Stone Age. Elsewhere, Automator's spooky processing guides the deconstructed verses of "King Caesar." But its chorus is too calculated, offering catchy gibberish over a loping drum track and simplistic instrumentation. The song ends up as filler, since unlike Decadence's stronger moments, it never challenges the inherent emptiness of this non-genre. It doesn't revel in the ribald and XXX; it stops unwisely at Shifty territory. "I Shot William H. Macy," too, makes a two-tiered titular reference but forgets to make the song more than an overdriven guitar riff. Decadence works when it forgets about everything but effectively filling up the next five minutes of your house party. The rest of time it's as vacant as last year's cool club.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsHead Automatica Primary Artist
Craig Aaronson Group Member
Tim Armstrong Vocals,Background Vocals
Daryl Palumbo Group Member
Larry Gorman Group Member
Bastard Prince Group Member
Craig Bonich Group Member
Jarvis Morgan Holden Group Member
Jim Greer Group Member
Technical CreditsCraig Aaronson Audio Production
Tim Armstrong Composer
Howard Benson Producer,Audio Production
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Dan the Automator Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Daryl Palumbo Composer
Jane Morledge Art Direction
Dave Rhodes Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Decadence based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Okay...I'll admit that the only song i've listened to is Beating Hearts Baby, but i love it so much any song that Head Automatica does is probably pure genius!!!
This is the album of the 2004,you must buy it NOW! :)
Darrel Palaumbo from Glassjaw's cool dance rock and roll album is cool for everyone that is cool.
This album is beyond addictive. Every song is so catchy that you have to listen to it constantly. "Beating Hearts Baby" is the song that I fell in love with. But when I got the cd I found myself listening to "King Ceaser" and "At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet" over and over again. Those 2 are the best songs on this whole album in my opinion. Im a big Glassjaw fan myself, but I seem to like Head Automatica more. Anyone who doesnt have this album is missing out!
I have yet to hear the final cuts of all these songs, but the ones I've heard have been some of the most refreshing new songs I've heard in the last 5 years. Head Automatica find an insanly perfect blend of a few different genres and makes songs totally devoid of filler and injected with infectious melodies. Daryl Palumbo has really impressed me, and Dan the Automator did a perfect job as usuall. One of the albums of the year, cant wait untill it drops. Cop it as soon as it does.