The USA Is a Monster
Sunset at the End of the Industrial Age

Reviewed by: Tal Rosenberg
Reviewed on: 2006-10-02

Posted 10/02/2006 - 03:31:15 PM by grandbanks:
 Great review, agree with most all of it. Certainly this is the best (and most effective) display of what makes this band tick. I happen to like the irrational moments and "rants", as they present a real humanity and lack of calculation somewhat in opposition to the general super-tight arrangements and riff and time-signature acrobatics. It's refreshing to see a band so ready to relinquish a hold on hipness and lay out their thoughts so openly. Certainly not for everyone, and the songs mentioned as highlights really are on another level. As someone who has followed this band for a long time and seen them live a whole bunch, I can only say that this is truly a band on the rise. Each record has honed in a little on a truly unique, alchemical type of creativity. I could go on and on about it, but to keep it shortish, go see this band live if you can, it is truly a sight to behold. Watch out for the next record, too. This one I can't recommend enough if you like visceral but expressive and nuanced music, but knowing the progression these guys are making between records I just feel that the next one will truly be a record for the ages. As a final note, as well, haven't heard a better opening to a record for a long time. The first two tracks run together, turn them up LOUD and I guarantee you will fall for this record.
Posted 10/03/2006 - 08:26:35 AM by raskolnikov:
 The USAisamonster rules. It's very simple.
Posted 10/03/2006 - 03:24:39 PM by grandbanks:
 Raskolnikov, you are by far my favorite poster on this site, though you often make me feel stupid for going on for so long when I have a moment of weakness and post on here. Not gonna jump on the Mathers-bashing this time, as his Pere Ubu take was a major improvement on his general nonsense, but yes, USAisaMonster rule, one of the best bands going.