ALBUM PLAN B RELEASE: DECEMBER,
2002 REVIEW: JANUARY 29, 2003
T133" is the latest product from the almost ridiculously productive
duo Red Flag. The American siblings say they are particularly inspired
at the moment. It seems they have been so for the past four or five years,
averaging almost two albums per year!
Some of you might remember I moaned about "The Bitter End" being
too dark and slow with cracks in the song writing. Well, "Codebreaker
T133" is no sunshine story either, the main difference lies in the
tempo. All twelve tracks are 133 bpm as a natural reaction to the laid
back, anxiety plagued "The Bitter End" which, to some extent,
dealt with the tragedy of September 11.
Overall the sound is more aggressive than usual and a bright contrast
to, say, "Naïve Art" or "The Eagle and Child".
Most songs sport a terribly misplaced distortion in the chorus, which
is not a phobia for hard electronic music on my part, but merely an obvious
There are strenghts, there are weaknesses, as with all Red Flag albums
after "The Crypt" (which, like their previous releases, is a
held-together, varied album). Worth mentioning is the similarity between
many of the pieces and that "Codebreaker T133" would have benefited
from being shorter, as there are a few tracks that frankly don't hold
On a more positive note, the album has "Shadow Warrior", which
has entered my Red Flag hall of fame and it is obvious, perhaps more so
than ever before, that Red Flag can handle the whole electronic spectrum.
Maybe they need to take some time off, though. Not because what they are
releasing is bad, but I'm positive it would be classes better if they
worked more on the tracks and then selected the very best ones. That,
ladies and gentlemen, would make for one kick-ass album.