Album Review

Art Jerks – “Dysphemism Treadmill” – [BatHot Axe]

Max Level   12/22/2009   A Library, CD

A raw guitar/drums/sax no-wave type of trio backs songwriter/performance artist George Korein as he delivers a batch of pessimistic lyrics. There are some crazy and fun musical moments when the band gets something going, but I think I would like this better if Korein didn’t always sound so negative and apathetic. The lyrics just drag the whole thing down. When he says “I don’t like to like the things that you like…” and “I don’t want to care that I’m wrong…” it’s like he’s daring us to care, and well, I guess I don’t. I did like the jagged and noisy and unpredictable music, though. If you’re a fan of Korein and his skewed outlook, you’ll probably enjoy this a bit more than I did.

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