Oxbow CD and DVD review [Hydra Head]

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Oxbow CD and DVD review [Hydra Head]
Dec 5, 2006, 04:22

OXBOW Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic & Disturbing Work Regarding Oxbow CD & DVD

This clumsily titled ‘best of' collection by Oxbow is an ideal place for beginners as well as select diehards. While it aptly provides a more than adequate reminder of how unflinchingly primal and ahead of their time the band has always been, it also manages to seamlessly add on many unreleased tracks too. Coupling the raw dynamics usually associated with bands on the Touch and Go roster with a cluster-fuck of influences ranging from industrial to free improvisation to musique concrete, the band are nothing if not ambitious. In this way they lay the groundwork for hipper bands like Pissed Jeans and Arab on Radar. Though the band has the tendency to sound aimless and plodding, there is always a palpable sense of excitement under the surface, as on the terrifying “Yoke,” an Oxbow classic, which features lyrics like “Drag-assing this lump of shit and slime / through burned and broken and busted / Embrace me.” Load Records was built on just this kind of fractured audacity. Add guest spots by Marianne Faithfull for that additional ‘what the fuck'ness and an accompanying DVD of live footage, a documentary about the band, and additional audio tracks, and you really have quite the enviable afternoon ahead of you, sicko. [Hydra Head]

-James Jackson Toth

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