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    Cravats, The – “Cravats In Toytown : Double Volume, The” – [Overground Records]


    Prepare to love the Cravats as much as I do. Went hunting for
    “Colossus Tunes Out” but found this recent repackage/reimagining.
    KFJC is lucky enough to have the orig 1980 12″ of “In Toytown”
    but this comes with a bunch of bonus bouncers (“I Am The Dreg”
    alone was worth plunking my pennies down) and the second disk
    has another Penny (Rimbaud) cranking up the compression & inserting
    snippets and a right cheeky little Alice who must have fell in
    through the CD centerhole). There’s more variety in the Cravats’
    bag of art-punk tricks than’ll fit in this review. Excellent
    scurries of Svor Naan’s sax, gutter-busting basslines from The Shend,
    whose irate vocals hit the little red spot, or at other times get
    wobbled up in a fine weird way. Guitarist R.R. Dallaway can rev
    up tense chord rumble (X.M.P. which features The Shend shouting
    “What now, Little Man?”) or skudge the song and sax along (like on
    “Situations Vacant”). Drummer David Bennet adds the right amount
    of hyperactivity via the drums. This album rarely idles, truly
    exceptional rock, with the oddball attitude, effects, sampled
    sounds and lyrics (“Gordon” the dada tale of a mama’s boy
    and dig the vocoder heavy breathing on the second disk!)
    Penny’s remix, is far from Crass, it’s devoted and demented
    (the sax sounds turns into an army of kazoos) and the peppery
    bits tossed on top worked in kind of a Negativland way. But
    plenty for the impure purist to peruse on the first disk.
    Do not miss.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 22, 2013 at 12:09 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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