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Music Reviews

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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Safety Scissors
Tainted Lunch
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Rating: 7.5/10 ?


September 29, 2005
My immediate response to Tainted Lunch took the form of a question, albeit rhetorical: has Matthew Curry's production work as Safety Scissors grown up, or indeed grown down?

Confused? I was too. The album's relativity to 2001's Parts Water earns itself status as something of a conundrum. While Parts Water was an accomplished debut to say the very least, it seemed to emanate an air of romanticism that has, ultimately, been ditched with the arrival of Tainted Lunch. Notably, Curry's production remains as crisp as ever, but his approach to song writing, rather than production, has become erratic and somewhat unrefined; it perpetually circles that which is considered musically acceptable in terms of IDM, glitch and pop (in-)sensibility.

But perhaps the most confusing side to Tainted Lunch is its infectiousness: its catchiness is sometimes disconcerting - such is the nature of Curry's twisted programming and brash subject matters ('cheese'-status, or flies in soup, anyone?) - yet it is perplexing and strangely compelling.

Tainted Lunch makes sense when in full flow, and may demand more than a few listens before the pert charm that modestly resides in "Sunlight on the Other Side" and "Amnesia I Need You to Remind Me" suitably presents itself. What's more, while other producers of Curry's ilk may be content with instrumentalism, Tainted Lunch showcases a prominence of vocals that, despite being far from outstanding, are decent and never superfluous.

As Tainted Lunch approaches its completion, with "Here Come the Housewives" and "Where is Germany and How Do I Get There," it is clear that Safety Scissors' colourful personality outweighs any unwarranted kitsch. During its peaks, it is lively, accessible, and would surely work wonders for the dance-floor of any DJ, and at its trough, "Fly in My Soup," it can be utterly unstomachable, enough to put anyone of their lunch. With more ups than downs, Curry has still proven himself an artist to watch.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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