Good Looking Blues

Good Looking Blues

by Laika

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Good Looking Blues

Good Looking Blues is an unexpectedly apt title for Laika's third album. One might predict these post-rock veterans would use "blues" very loosely, but many of the album's lyrics integrate familiar blues quotations ("Loverman flew across the sky, loverman left home," "You never miss the water till the well runs dry") and use a blues-like repetition of lines to develop themes of entrapment and escape, often from male violence. Similar to works from P. J. Harvey, Moby, and Snakefarm, Good Looking Blues uses the power of the blues imagery to humanize its own very contemporary world. Laika's music is built around Margaret Fiedler's spoken and sung vocals and a seamless blend of live musicians and electronics: Rhodes keyboards, deep bass-'n'-drum grooves, turntablism, and samples, with the occasional spooky horn solo. The resulting mishmash engulfs you with trippy rhythms and noir atmospheres, echoing early Tricky and Portishead. Over the dark and swirling backing track of the album's centerpiece "Badtimes," Fiedler recites the widely circulated email parody about the supposed Bad Times computer virus. As she lists the insidious, absurd disasters that the virus will cause -- "It will leave libidinous messages on your boss's voice mail in your voice" -- Fiedler sounds like a newscaster trying to maintain objectivity in the face of disaster. The song, like the album, succeeds through its juxtaposition of the familiar and the unexpected.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2000
Label: Too Pure / Beggars
UPC: 0644918008927
catalogNumber: 80089

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