have to hand it to Chris Standish a.k.a. "Dish" for trying
to keep this broken-down barge afloat. Though his crew has left
him high and dry, he's determined to keep North Sea Story afloat
no matter if he's the only one left standing on the deck. Unfortunately,
his compadres probably had the right idea when they left this sinking
Recorded with no less
than 14 musicians, the CD is a meandering mess that combines moments
of pure multi-instrumental inspiration with moments of pure sonic
slop to create a mottled, muddy symphony of broken and not-so-broken
The best parts are when
Dish isn't warbling and the musicians are allowed to stretch out
on somber, dark counter melodies (The stark, violin-tipped "Rottinghull,"
the afternoon-lit valley "Hurt@Home"). The rest of it
sounds like plodding, noisy, atonal Dinosaur Jr. with grating, unnecessary
noises (usually supplied by a guitar or keyboard) thrown in for
good measure. Sometimes, like on the majestic, 6-minute-plus "Dedicated
Devices" they manage to chug out of it and find a cool melody
The CD ends with a "hidden
track" featuring a delicate orchestral piece that almost makes
you forget all the dissonant things you've heard over the past 30
Posted June 26, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
a meandering mess that combines moments of pure multi-instrumental
inspiration with moments of pure sonic slop... "