Saturday, April 7, 2007

Throbbing Gristle - Part Two: The Endless Not

Although I rarely listen to them (except for the track "What a Day" from their 1979 release, which I listen to quite often), I very much appreciate the influence Throbbing Gristle has had on experimental music in general, but I could care less about anything and everything considered to be "industrial." Their first studio album in 25 years was originally slated for a September 2006 release, but for unknown reasons was pushed back to this month. The album as a whole is very entertaining and a very good effort by a group who have not recorded in over 20 years. It is much more polished than any other of their releases, which I suppose should be expected, and they manage to maintain some of the intensity heard in early releases using their typical approach of churning electronic rhythms accompanied by noise improvisations, but the album is not nearly as unsettling as some of the early material. When I hear Throbbing Gristle, I want to be disturbed, confused, and impressed all at the same time, and although there are moments throughout the album where I begin to feel those emotions, they never fall through. But hey, at least they're still pretty fucking weird.

- Dan

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