PEOPLE AS PREY
ALBUM VISION, SUBSPACE COMMUNICATIONS/PLAYGROUND RELEASE: OCTOBER 18, 1999 REVIEW: OCTOBER 14, 1999
More of the same. Occasionally. Cat Rapes Dog deliver their half joke, half politically coloured messages in a new shape this time. I personally still think it's too much partying around and too few real songs. But on the other hand, this band never intend to produce the most sophisticated music ever, either. It's more rock now than before which I think will turn out to be a disadvantage for the quartet.
Cat Rapes Dog was one of the first popular Swedish hard electronic bands, and their music was, in my opinion both harder and more credible at the beginning of their career, then only using synthesizers.
Their use of S.P.O.C.K member Christer Hermodsson as producer only shines through visibly in one song, "How the Country Falls", the masterpiece of "People as Prey". This is an uptempo, more traditional song, with a particularly strong refrain. Aside from this track it's mostly old news hidden behind mainstream rock'n'roll, although I tend to like the new singer better than Joel. The ten songs of the album lack catastrophies, but also the bits that make you want to play the album again.
I really liked their last album "The Secrets of God" and thought that maybe they had decided to concentrate on the songs more than the image, but "People as Prey" just isn't what I expected.
By giving this album a bad review, I'm supposed to "have a substantial lack of education and not understand what Cat Rapes Dog is all about" (quote from the cover). It's nice to see their sense of humor is still intact. That's their life bouy.