ALBUM CLEARSPOT RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 1999 REVIEW: OCTOBER 8, 1999
Somebody should gently tell Consolidated's founding members Adam Sherburne
and Mark Pistel that they currently are slightly off course. On "Tikkun"
they continue to explore the rather dull funk-metal of their 1997 album
"Dropped". Both these albums lack the nerve, energy and groove of earlier
records such as "Business of Punishment" and "Play More Music".
Much of the political aggression seems, on "Tikkun", to be held back in
favour of a more personal story-telling. And naming an album after the
Hebrew word for heal is, at least to me who thought Consolidated was a
never ending stream of public resistance, somewhat disappointing. With all
respect to the redemptive and reflective parts of man, I simply just miss
the anger and brutality of the past.
The 1999 edition of Consolidated have musically a lot more in common with
Lenny Kravitz and Red Hot Chili Peppers than with more experimental acts
like Meat Beat Manifesto and Public Enemy. "Falling Through You" even
sounds like an empty song as performed by crappy MTV-darling Shawn
What they need is a producer that will once again guide them into more
exciting areas. That was the case on the excellent "Business of Punishment"
where Meat Beat Manifesto's sound wizard Jack Dangers did his job well. So
why not give Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood or perhaps Tim Simenon a
call before entering the studio next time?