Oxbow - The Narcotic Story review
|Album:||The Narcotic Story|
|Release date:||July 2007|
01. Mr. Johnson
02. Geometry Of Business
03. Time, Gentlemen, Time
04. Down A Stair Backward
05. She's A Find
06. Frankly Frank
07. A Winner Every Time
08. Frank's Frolic
09. It's The Giving, Not The Taking
Oxbow's The Narcotic Story is, ehm... something else. Something new, something you cannot possibly compare with anything else. That sounds promising right? Well, think again, because you'll probably hate it. And love it. Mmmmmmmmmmyeah.
I'll have to throw in a lame excuse at this point, especially for someone who pretends to be a reviewer, but you cannot know what this sounds like until you've actually heard it. I can try to describe it, and I will in a couple of seconds, but I'll never be able to get the full deal of Oxbow across. But let me try anyway.
Oxbow is Avant-garde, Stoner, Blues, Jazz, Noise-Rock and various other things thrown into the metaphorical blender, set to blend 'chunky'. On The Narcotic Story you'll find all sorts of riffs and beats, from all the aforementioned genres. Each riff builds to its own mini-climax, but never really gets there, resulting in an album that constantly grabs your attention, creating a desire it never fulfils. Tough luck, sucker.
And then there's the 'vocalist' - don't you even dare think that there's any singing on here - who does everything you do not want him to do. He hums, he yells, he screams, he's capable of sixteen billion different types of yelling, he whispers, he's basically a massive monument of sexual frustration and violent anger. Told ya this'd be a sucky review.
By now you may be wondering why the hell I'm reviewing this. Well, for one because I love sick and awkward music. And because this is good. O rly? Ya rly! [Excuse the nerdspeek.]
The Narcotic Story is good. It is good because every moment an instrument is playing, it simply demands your attention. It is good because mr. Robinson (the vocalist) is every negative emotion you knew personified - and sonified. And it's good, because, well, I don't know... it's just great to come across an album so intriguing, in this day and age ("yea yea gramps, stuff it already").
So whenever you're done listening to Dark Funeral, check this one for some real chaos.
||Written on 11.09.2010 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.|
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