2 A.M WAKEUP CALL
IMUSIC RELEASE: APRIL 19,
2004 REVIEW: AUGUST 17,
Chris Vrenna is the man behind Tweaker,
and he was also one of the founding
members of Nine Inch Nails. Tweaker
is in the spotlight both by having
this album out and by making the "Doom
III" theme song.
“2 a.m. Wakeup Call” is
Vrenna's second solo album, and I
must admit I haven’t heard the
first one, but this effort is a very
refined trip hop/metal/electronica
album. A nighttime record, according
to Chris himself.
Some pretty illustrious guests can
be found on here, such as Johnny Marr
and Robert Smith. Smith’s track
“Truth Is” is a sleazy,
sexy, groovy number and Marr’s
“The House I Grew up in”
is an emotion laden instrumental with
tingling guitars. Those are two of
my favourite tracks, together with
“It’s Still Happening”
with vocals by Hamilton Leithauser.
The main problem with this collection
of songs is that not many of them
are memorable, rather they just “exist”.
Vrenna sure is skilled at producing
and tweaking knobs as it were, but
he’s not a songwriter. However,
I think it’s sort of meant to
be that way. Music to listen to at
night isn’t about catchy melodies.
It’s about mood, and there’s
plenty of that here. Fantastic artwork