March 24, 2005

The Blonde Redhead

5 out of 5 stars

For as little as I know about music, the Blonde Redhead is briliant. Their music is unique, expressive and romantic. 'It's like cats screaming'* – said Hamid. But I love that vagueness coming from inside the microphone. The instrumental part is not genius, but done with great taste, that is truly rare.

The male vocal… 'I can sense the darkness'* – was what Alex said about it. It's almost moaning and crying, stretching the sound through the music. It has the mentalness of youth. It makes me imagine a skinny topless male in his early 20's, with a broken guitar and half-mutated voice. Too tired to shout passionately, too much of a nihilist to care about the words.

The female vocal is more romantic, sometimes hysterical; it shares the youthful features with its male counterpart. But it sounds more tragic. Brings up an image of a very artistic individual, with a strong attitude (like Bjork).

Elephant Woman is the most beautiful song from this album. Falling Man is rather ironic and generally genius. Messenger is the most representative song of their work.

*Both comments directed at Distilled from In an Expression of the Inexpressible

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  1. Hamid Sirhan

    Look… I can appreciate you enjoying "vagueness" but come one… there's a difference between vague vocals and vocals that sound like someone scratching metal against a blackboard.

    If you and Alex like dark music then listen to dark music! Just because it's dark, doesn't mean you should listen to people who can't sing. Go listen to "Hurt" by NIN (or the much better cover by Johnny Cash) or Unforgiven by Metallica or YiFuZhiMing by Zhou Jie Lun… but giving these guys five stars… come on! They're hardly mediocre, let alone good!

    :P. Yes yes yes, we all have individual tastes.

    28 Mar 2005, 05:25

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