Thursday, December 10, 2009

Box - (1993)

Box, which is Babe's first album can be remarkably entertaining. "Chicken Head Bone Sucker" finds a stunning common ground between the Butthole Surfers and King Crimson; "Spatula" digs a groove between Basehead and Soul Coughing; "Born Again," bass player Rose Thomson's ironic self-help screed, is roaring punkish fun. But in the best way possible, the album is also exhausting, with challenging tempos, overcaffeinated tension and music that does everything imaginable to avoid stepping into a simple melodic structure. Although a fascinating animal that merits further investigation, Babe the Blue OX is intended not to be the easiest creature to wrap your arms around.

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