Bewitched CD review [BB Gun]

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Bewitched CD review [BB Gun]
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Apr 2, 2007, 04:38

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BEWITCHED The Worst Poetry of 1986-1993 CD

The Worst Poetry 1986-1993 is a completely unnecessary compilation of Bewitched's hits and misses over a seven-year period. For those who don't know, Bewitched was the primary concern of one Bob Bert, late of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, and many other great bands, and began as a joke instigated by his then bandmate Thurston Moore. Listening back after all these years, it's amazing how much Bob Bert modeled his vocal style after Thurston's, but none of Sonic Youth's selective sense of cool. It's Bert's tastelessness (having a DJ, rapping, bad jokes) that has always been his undoing, and this compilation serves as all too clear a reminder of this. The early stuff here is predictably better, like “I Dunno What To Do,” which features cut up samples of Tad Doyle and Thurston talking on answering machine for over five minutes. Tellingly, this is a highlight. Most of the songs taken from the Steve Albini-produced Harshing My Mellow are just plain awful and haven't aged well at all. The latter period stuff is less song-oriented and focuses more on Bert's ‘experimental' side. Of these, “Swamp Shot” is a disaster, but “Chocolate Frenzy” does manage to remind us that this is the same guy who played drums on Confusion is Sex. Unfortunately, these moments are few and far between. The Worst Poetry 1986-1993 confirms that while Bob Bert deserves recognition and respect—far more than he presently receives—it isn't for Bewitched. [BB Gun Records]

-James Jackson Toth

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