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    Work, The – “4th World, The” – [Ad Hoc]

    Vault unearthing, and reprocessing of a 1994 live performance.
    Before being too quick to file this as prog rock, or art rock
    and thus confined to your imaginary older brother’s restricted
    collection, I would point out that this is indeed rock. Really
    a more sober punk rock in ways. Tim Hodgkinson has that sort of
    alert stagey vocal presence, an urgent lecturing tone that
    occasionally gets a little shouty. The keyboards never take on
    a Wakefield spotlight. Plenty of vitamins Bass, Drums and
    Guitar. And there is a catchiness here that is not blues rock,
    but a mildly mathematically inclined toe would not refuse to
    tap. Okay so their lyrics are montaged from art catalogues,
    medical manuals and so forth. “Irregular” through “Vera” might
    not be your best starting point. Much of the album tracks by
    the way, so plan your exits. Perhaps visit “Hell” first or
    even other works of the Work which we have at KFJC. Must
    thinking be a plague?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm
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