Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CHRIS CONNELLY / Phenobarb Bambalam (1993)

Connelly's CV reads like a masterclass in industrial music production: Ministry, Murder Inc, Pigface, Revolting Cocks and Whitehouse are only some of what's there. I expected his solo material to be similar. Not so. Phenobarb is an expressive, emotionally charged but often quiet album that was created during a period of personal tragedy for the multi-instrumentalist. Jazz, piano, drums and guitars mesh into a thing of beauty that took me many months to really appreciate. It's an album rooted in personal pain, anguish and, above all, honesty.

Songs of Note: Souvenir from a Dream; July

4 refusals to be denied out of 5

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