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Out Hud
Let Us Never Speak of It Again
Kranky Records

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


May 27, 2005
Do I compare Let Us Never Speak of It Again with Out Hud's first record, S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D., or simply review it on its own merits? A little back story might help: as you may know, three of five members do double duty in !!! and the band's roots lie in Sacramento/Berkley punk bands and many hours of listening to mid-period Talking Heads, early PIL and ESG. Dub is bandied about, especially when resident Adrian Sherwood Justin Vendervoigen works the mixing board for live performances, then takes the record and works it out in his lab before the label gets the final tapes. Really though, Out Hud is more about dance music for the coordination-impaired.

The groove it what matters, even in contrast: the gals sing now and play cello less than the first go-round; there are songs as opposed to jams, and the mix gets all catawampus with swerves, swipes and alternating instrument prominence - bass guitar here, picked clean guitar lines there and skeletal keyboards. The live drums seem to be eighty-sixed but the 808 kick drum provides a nice variety to the beats.

Goofy song titles remain (favorite here, "The Song So Good They Named it Thrice") and the disc can be happily motivating while on the exercise machine, with tempos fast enough to raise the heart rate and plenty going on to keep interest. And, not to get too enamored by my speakers, there is love for those fond of the bass tones as well. Different and perhaps more mature than S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D., this recent release from Out Hud measures out a liquid pulse, fervently paying homage to their antecedents and feverishly shaking their asses.

Reviewed by Barry Prickett
Failed musician, scurrilous writer and enjoyer of all things that go glitch in the night, Barry Prickett is almost obsessed with his music obsession.

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