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Plus Device
Puncture
Hefty Records

Rating: 4/10 ?


January 10, 2007
Only slightly less subtle than Lords Of Acid, but without the big, colorful beats and the sense of anarchic fun, Plus Device wants to sex you up in the worst way on Puncture. And, like Color Me Badd, they fail to do so spectacularly.With provocative song titles like "Body Heat," "Ultra Seductive," "Sexual Harassment," "Our Pleasures," and "Come Inside Of Me," and a scantily-clad S&M vixen on the cover of its debut release, Plus Device tries to entice you to enter its techno-funk, acid-house burlesque show like a carny barker promising fulfillment of your every desire. Save your money for the Mustang Ranch.

Stiff, mechanical, and not at all sensual, Puncture is an ultra-modern landfill littered with electronic music cliches, like the vocoder-ized groove of the hopelessly synthetic and clunky "Body Heat," the flaccid '80s Casio tonality of "Ultra Seductive" and the overly stylized "Sexual Harrassment," which includes some of the most insipid dance/sex commands ever put to record. The flat pulsating keyboards of "Our Pleasures" make Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F" from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack sound as adventurous as Brian Eno by comparison. The beats are thin and needle-like, with a micro-house feel on "Come Inside Of Me" and "Sell This Drug Addiction," but there is very little in the way of flow or hip-thrusting movement. It's like watching mannequins have sex. There's no merging of different sounds, no meeting of multiple grooves in a three-dimensional construct. Everything's kept separate with an antiseptic sensibility - see "Public Transportation" - and it keeps heading in one, simple-minded direction. Which would be fine if the melodies offered temptation and a hypnotic pull, but they don't. They just make you want to leave whatever club is spinning Puncture.
If this is modern love, I want no part of it. Aside from a desire to spend some "alone time" with the cover girl, there's no real reason to pick this up. Sexual music should have an organic, earthiness to it, or at least grooves that you can feel in your loins. Plus Device is so disgustingly clean and plastic that, even though it should come with a parental advice warning, it doesn't need it because there's no way it would make even the horniest of teenagers want to fuck.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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