ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM RELEASE: APRIL, 1999 REVIEW: JUNE 1, 1999
Can you polish a mirror till it becomes just glass? I ponder over that question, when I'm listening to The Nine's debut album. Playing the same kind of electro pop as Mesh does, "Native Anger" appear to be worked and reworked into perfection, leaving nothing to be surprised about or touched by. It's like riding a rollercoaster and feeling nothing, or pinching yourself real hard, see the marks but not sensing a thing. Only a few times some things manage to tickle my heart. The first time is in the, after all, catchy chorus in "Our Tomorrow". The second is when I discover how the band has (foolishly) snatched a part from Depeche Mode's "My Joy" and used it in their own "Balance of Minds". The third time is in the last song "Eternal Insane" which is like the sweetest injection of everything I've missed on the record so far. But in spite of that, when I hold up The Nine's CD to the sun, I swear I can see right through it - like it was just glass.