Turned Backwards / Mice In Tights
Apr 21 - 27 2003
When an album isn't good all the way through. O how many albums
discontinuity has ruined! To think of all the perfectly good
material that has been sullied by its ugly face! Why Hate Turned
Backwards and Mice In Tights managed to set themselves up
for such inevitable critical quips related to their album name is
beyond me - I guess there's a lesson
here, isn't there? If you're going to call your album Discontinuity,
at least make sure it's good all the way through.
That said, it's fair to assume that there are both good parts and
bad parts to this split-album. Lets start with Hate Turned
Backwards' contribution (and yes, they did name one of their songs
"Etah" if you're wondering). HTB know how to
make good electronic music. They express some really nice ideas
on "Aggressor" and "Spasm," but these great
concepts are often bogged down by poor execution. Cool beats are
mercilessly killed at the stake by the inclusion of some goofy synths
on "Mutilate", and ridiculous samples and a lack of
structure plague "Etah".
The second half of the album (after a brief, video game-y
intermission) is handled by Mice In Tights. Much like HTB,
MIT (ACRONYM FEVER!) run the gamut from good to bad. That
isn't much of a gamut, I suppose, but they run it nonetheless.
Anyway, I just don't understand how a band that can produce a
fantastic tune like "Control" can also turn out sonic
diarrhea like "Stronger".
All in all, this is an okay split-CD that is plagued by some pretty
noticeable problems. There are some really nice tracks, but lots
of monotonous songs also have found their way on here. Check it out at
your own risk.
9 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2001]