Album Review

Body/Head – “Coming Apart” – [Matador]

Thurston Hunger   9/26/2013   A Library, CD

Grabbed this blind, put the dog on a leash, and headed out past
midnight…but before too long recognizied Kim Gordon’s voice in
the pitch blackness, even before she “woof’d” on “Last Mistress.”
But it took me all the way until the penultimate track, “Black”
before I was enlightened. On that, Gordon and he sonic cohort
here, Bill Nace, erupt on the old folk number, “Black Is the
Color of My True Love’s Hair.” So Gordon, channeling repetition
like Patty Waters wounded but not vulnerable, in love with the
ache that the song tears in her. Kool Things will dig it. Could
it be Nace conducting a six-string seance with Sonny Sharrock?
Weirdos are drawn to this song, I don’t think Cathy Berberian
and Luciano Berio influenced Body/Head, but I’d be stoked if they
did. The supreme Nina Simone covered it, and she gets resurrected
here as well on a broken mirror in “Aint.” No doubt Kim’s voice,
gasp passion and torn gown, is the dominant flavor here. Lyrically
running down dogs, desire, and maybe a very contemplative stripper,
but it’s Nace that gives Body/Head its legs. His broken blues on
“Abstract” or the firecracker caught in his pickups on “Everything
Left.” Gordon is on the guitar too, typically scratching out a
dissonant persistence, while Nace lasers, clanks and phaser banks
and occasionally offers some recognizable guitar. On a solid listen
through, it rewards but repeats, but dropping these tracks next to
others either on the order or chaos side of the freeway will lead
listeners over the centerline on both sides.
-Thurston Hunger

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