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Make Up
Save Yourself

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
You may not always know where the Make Up are going, but it is always one hell of a fun ride. The magic of the Make Up has always been that they feel like the future and the past all at once; the smell of perfumed pompadour preachers and the haunting glow of space travel. They're based in some sort of gospel-punk melting pot, with a true sense of soul and funk (unlike the new Beck record which, ironically, also just came out).

Sadly, this is probably the Make Up's "breakthrough" record if ever there was one, largely due to Ian Svenonious's having turned himself down a few notches on the Wail-O-Meter, his limp-wristed squealing giving way to a very mustachioed brand of machismo. This new found tough/sexy vibe is most notable on songs like "White Belt." For me the highlight of the record is "Call Me Mommy," with the fiery honk of Fred Erskine's exquisite trumpet playing. One of my friends got quite a chuckle out of the cover of "Hey Joe" which is interrupted by a telephone call from Svenonious pretending to be Joe himself, stuck somewhere in Mexico.

This record is very active, both retro- and pro- . It evokes everything great about American rock and roll history - by dancing very near imitation of it's heyday in the late 60's - while simultaneously eluding to a new era of American rock greatness, into which the Make Up shall lead us.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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