Gang Gang Dance
God’s Money

The Social Registry
2005
C+
Reviewed by: Mike Powell
Reviewed on: 2005-04-11



Posted 04/11/2005 - 09:37:27 AM by ckramer:
 I feel like they give their songs that "unfocused" feel to create an interesting dynamic between the malleableness (word?) of their songs and the structure. Things do float around, but they also fall into line and that back and forth provides for some really stellar moments. I think that is a dynamic pop music can have, that mix of confusion and clarity. I guess me saying this is your point with the Gehry reference (?) I do not get the impression of sexed up vocals or effected sounds for purpose of using effects and even if i did i do not see how that would hinder their sincerity. Can't people like to make weird sounds and be sincere about making weird sounds, I don't think this is the case here anyway. I think Glory In Itself, Egowar, and Before My Voice Fails are pretty realized efforts, really original. i feel like we were looking for different things from this record. but i have been smitten with Gang Gang Dance ever since i saw them live so i guess i wanted to like it...but still, i do like it.
 
Posted 04/11/2005 - 10:10:17 AM by zopilote:
 i agree with ckramer. i love watching (this seems more apt than listening to) the textures align into a solid groove as they do on the three songs ckramer mentioned (and also "God's Money V"). aside from the last three tracks, which really do meander uninterestingly, it's almost as fascinating to observe how their songs shape than to actually hear the most brilliant moments of "egowar" or "before my voice fails". i'd love to see this band live, anyone know if they're touring the u.s. after they come back from europe?
 
Posted 04/11/2005 - 10:27:15 AM by holystoning:
 I enjoyed the review's well-deployed use of theory and cross-discipline analogy, but the lack of review for specific songs puzzles. As it is, I found "Before My Voice Fails" positively cathartic, even though the rest of the album is rather dull. Complete artistic freedom will save the freak-folk movement from becoming engorged with the eager but weak-constitutioned, but it doesn't make for a consistently engaging (or even undisappointing) experience.
 
Posted 04/11/2005 - 10:27:56 AM by mikepowell:
 In response to you guys: I think GGD are original, sort of. I think the "confusion/clarity" thing, while possible, isn't really present on this record-- I felt like the structures hedged in a kind of involuntary way. I probably should've mentioned that GGD are the kind of band that should be seen live rather than listened to on record. I'm definitely interested in them (which is why I chose to write this), but I just feel like they haven't done what they could do. I want to think that I want to think I was only being appropriately harsh. Anyway, glad to hear there are people out there that care about them, though.
 
Posted 04/11/2005 - 12:48:25 PM by dubidet:
 I don't really think GGD has done anything good since the Fusetron LP. Admittedly, this LP was so huge it must have been difficult to decide what to do next. It just seems like they've decided to turn into some sort of Sugarcubes meets Mad Professor type thing, rather than continue in the sort of spirit chasing vein that the Fusetron LP showcased. Live, however, is a diff. story: Seening them create this decidedly strange pop is sorta inspiring, even if it may seem derivative at times.