N TO (X)
LOUD LIKE NATURE
ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
OCTOBER 29, 2002 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 19, 2002
Evolution comes to all quirky
electronica bands, forcing them to choose direction or die a slow, agonizing
death on the pages of academic post rock magazines. Add N to (X) chose
life, and emerges here rejuvenated, stepping on the gas and pumping up
Where the band's previous effort "Add Insult to Injury" was
a comparatively slow affair, "Loud Like Nature" emphasizes punk
and trashiness in a way that The Prodigy could only dream of getting away
with. Still full of eccentric buzzing and beeping sounds, the songs have
grown more straightforward, with the vocals of Steve Claydon playing an
ever more prominent role. It is an album both diverse and strong in identity,
defining Add N to (X) in a way that the previous albums couldn't manage.
If previously, I thought that the aim was to confuse the listener, I am
now inclined to believe they just want to entertain while having a good
time. The stomping, kick-ass pace of "Sheez Mine" and "Large
Number" is definitely crafted for mindless fun.
Slightly more subdued tracks in between allow for a breather, but are
also fascinating in themselves, especially "Invasion of the Polaroid
People", a creepy piece of spoken word suspense featuring legendary
60:s/70:s musical jack-of-all-trades Kim Fowley.