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Tromatic Reflexxions

Reviewed by: Mike Powell
Reviewed on: 2007-06-07

Posted 06/07/2007 - 11:27:24 AM by cwperry:
 This is my most-anticipated album of the year. And sure to stomp all over the pathetic Reformation Post Total Lyrical Crap.
Posted 06/18/2007 - 08:52:08 PM by aBearAware:
 This album is currently kicking my ass. I'm not a fan of The Fall, in general, but I've always found Mr. Smith's tourette-vocals intriguing. I've loved Mouse on Mars from the very beginning, though I've had misgivings about their recent direction. Radical Connector was the first album of theirs that I found overwhelmingly disappointing. That's definitely not due to the inclusion of vocals, as I consider the previous Idiology one of my favorite MoM albums. It's just that they seemed to be trying too hard to be, I dunno, "accessible"? on Radical Connector, which translated into boredom for me. Varcharz was a welcome step in a different direction, but a little too relentlessly ON for its duration -- aggressive, in your face, and nonstop -- plus they deployed the always-hated "mess around with the tracking start/stop/divisions to ensure confusion and chaos" tactic. So I'm surprised and thrilled that Tromatic Reflexxions puts MoM's new energy to excellent use, without annoying tracking tricks, but with dynamic shifts, with good pacing, and most importantly with excellent integration of Mark E. Smith's laconic-slash-frantic vocals. Unexpected and awesome. Makes me bounce around in my chair as I'm typing this while listening.