Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   9/23/2010   A Library, CD

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

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