Sometimes I’ve just bought an album on the basis of distinctive or intriguing cover art, a vague understanding of the band’s reputation, and a few bucks burning a hole in my pocket.
This is reportedly one of the more listener-friendly of The Jesus Lizard’s early output. Everything’s relative I guess.
I’ve never had much love for this sort of jarring noise rock. I do appreciate the punk aesthetic at either end of the spectrum – the trashy, garage sloppiness of the Ramones or the more hard edged, but fast-paced work of the Descendents (and occasionally the Dead Kennedys), but this middle ground leaves me pretty cold.
I don’t get much out of this bass-heavy dirge and David Yow’s awkward vocal stylings. I guess these guys were influential, as I remember seeing far too many local bands ripping off the sound in the early ’90s. I suspect it would have been a lot better to see The Jesus Lizard live than any of them however:
File under: Not one to pick up