Hi 88 / Lo 71
|Volume 70, Issue 23,
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Life & Arts
Dwarves venture into uncharted tune territory
By Jason Gagnon
If you're offended at the sight of three topless women surrounding and gawking at a crucified dwarf, then you'd better skip this disc and review. However, if that mental image amused you at all, then just wait until you hear what "the Jesuses of cool" have come up with this time.
The Dwarves are one of the most unique rock bands on the planet with their intense desires for "corruption of the youth" and vast amounts of debauchery that would make Larry Flynt blush. But that's just on the surface. Must Die continues the band's exploration with musical styles that differ considerably from their usual sonic blast of fast and violent punk rock (industrial, hip-hop, pop). They do this not only to infuriate die-hard fans, but to also prove that they are capable of more than a 15-minute record about drugs and young girls.
This record is certainly eclectic musically, but a constant in a Dwarves record is that they will always proudly display their gloriously warped sense of humor whether insulting Mormons ("Salt Lake City") or "fake punkers frontin' on the Warped Tour like amateurs" ("Massacre"). In fact, "Massacre," Blag the Ripper's trash-talk tribute to hip-hop dis songs, is one of the most pleasant surprises on the record. It's shocking and inexplicable, but Blag shows some pretty decent rhyming skills as he shreds a slew of lousy bands like Good Charlotte. This is followed by the quirky pop song "Runaway," which is unusually sweet (for these guys at least), but despite its theme of fun-seeking lovers, is still deranged with hospital sex and family incest. But faithful fans shouldn't fear that the Dwarves have completely turned their back on the past. There are plenty of songs on the album (whose names are a little too vulgar to mention here) that will please fans of Free Cocaine and Sugarfix.
Dwarves Must Die
Sympathy for the R.I.
Verdict: The Dwarves must die? No!
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