Jesu
Lifeline

Hydrahead
2007
C+
Reviewed by: Cosmo Lee
Reviewed on: 2007-10-23



Posted 10/23/2007 - 11:16:07 AM by scooper:
 among other types of songs, i love the kind that are just sort of wafty and end up sitting there like sculpture, gradually imparting a feeling through the sheer force of their thereness. music like that that is at the same time hooky hasn't really been released in rock since bands like slowdive and my bloody valentine were contemporary (maybe radiohead does this a little bit), and lush, wall-of-sound guitars notwithstanding, i actually think this is jesu's primary point of allegiance with that era of music. with 'lifeline' i think he has got 'conqueror' out of his system (you're right to fault that record's mastering, although many of the songs are excellent, and i join you in applauding 'lifeline''s crispness) and is now returning to some of the ideas he took up with 'silver' and also leaving behind another piece of his past. there is hardly any "metal" left here at all, and hardly any hardness for that matter. it's still dense, deep, and brooding, but it's also light, pretty, and, yeah, redeemed. like, say, early autechre or ulrich schnauss, a lot of broadrick's jesu material is marvelous mood music, and like those bands, he accomplishes this through accretion, not dimension or dynamics. and, despite the guitars and drums and vocals, it's there that i find his art. "lifeline" makes me feel all blissed out and overwhelmed, like being in love did when i was nineteen. it's without a doubt one of the best songs i heard this year.
 
Posted 10/23/2007 - 02:09:16 PM by boilingboy:
 I really like this ep, and I wasn't crazy about Conqueror. The track with Jarboe is sensational. After submerging himself in darkness for a decade, JK Flesh is now looking for spiritual trancendence. I don't always agree with his choices, but I'll follow him anywhere. However, you make a good case for why it only recieved a C+.