Wednesday, December 21, 2011
DIRTY BEACHES / Badlands 
Try to imagine Wong Kar Wai directing a tripped-out Nick Cave music video in The Roadhouse in Twin Peaks and you get a pretty good idea as to what Dirty Beaches is like.
Crackling lo-fi distorted rockabilly sounding like a bad drug trip is Canadian Alex Zhang Hungtai's idea of a good time and I have to agree with him. His reverberated voice is sometimes so muffled it's difficult to tell what he's saying but it's fine as it just ads to the haunting atmosphere created by the rattling music ringing in your ears.
With only 8 tracks and clocking in at barely 30 minutes, Badlands is all too brief but well worth revisiting over and over again.
4½ Chris Isaak's on LSD out of 5
Songs Of Note: Horses; Lord Knows Best