ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Nardwuar “The Human Serviette” releases The Evaporators album
Ripple Rock with a very clear audience in mind: youth who devote hours of their
time looking for the next popular catch phrase and a quick laugh. However,
this comedic rock album delivers much more.
The band quickly establishes its garage band sound with the first track, “Addicted
to Cheese,” which is refreshingly under-produced and shows The Evaporators
did what they wanted on the album. While it is tempting to dismiss an album
with songs named “I Feel Like a Fat Frustrated Fuck” and “Barney
Rubble is My Double” as musically irrelevant, the melodies are surprisingly
inspired and memorable.
“I’ve Got Icicles On My Testicles,” a song about striking
back at the hydro company, will likely be the most enjoyable and identifiable
track for students.
If listening to an album that exhibits Nardwuar’s quirky and potentially
annoying voice isn’t very enticing, all lovers of good journalism should
check out the bonus interviews featured on the album with Jean Chrétien,
Ernest Angley and other clueless notables.
While they may look like a boy band on acid, Lostprophets have
risen from relative obscurity in the British music scene and released
an album that manages to stand out in a genre of excessive imitation.
Though the sophomore album from Britain’s hottest nu-metal
band is more mainstream, thus more likely to receive more radio
play, fans of the band — who spell their name “Lostprophets” because
they think spaces are for losers — won’t be disappointed
with this new release.
The first single, “Last Train Home,” starts off melodically,
but ends with crushing guitar riffs and screaming background vocals
sure to have even the most stuck-up of music critics take notice.
Overall, the album showcases maturity both in writing and musical
ability, and a sound that is more diverse than most of their competitors
(think Linkin Park).
The only drawback is the fact that almost all signs of DJ Jamie
Oliver’s work is non-existent, taking a backseat to more
intricate guitar and drum beats. Regardless, the Lostprophets have
created a strong album from start to finish.