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54' 40 or Fight!

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There is something of a damp quagmire going in this mélange of overtures. Highly precocious music bounded and disguised by trivial and often times introspective lyrics that are very prevalent in the Midwest, and otherwise known as emotive. Yeah, I said it, the term everyone cringes to hear, yet loves to smash with pompous foreskin wit. Used loosely and with little regard to any admirable value these days, so be it. For the sake of argument, I'm skeptical of any classification of music pertaining to a roundabout adjective like "emotive."

At what point is something more heartfelt than something else less blatant and deserving of the nuance? Obnoxiousness, yeah ok, that was a 'gimme. The cooing of a new found love, sure, whatever. The point is, class, it's like that book, You Know You're A Redneck When. Well, allow me to be so bold, you know you're emotive when… your cracking vocals are in the background of the music… your songs give way to frustrated rises in intensity then suddenly stop, (excuse your temper-tantrum)… the catchy upbeat signals the schizophrenia-shifter to overdrive and everything is peach.

Dilute, however, managed to maintain my attention by skipping the latter of described nuisances. Hailing from westward boundaries, some place by the name of California (I don't know, I've never heard of it). Regardless of their demographics, Dilute seems relatively misplaced from Midwestern semantics, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, I will be so bold as a redneck to say that there are times when Joan of Arc-ish sounding guitars ride the fence of technicality and intense neurosis. But like Storm and Stress, the level of control is situational. You cannot obscure the obvious, Ian Williams (Don Caballero, Storm & Stress) has patented this style of play and it is insoluble, as chalk is insoluble in water. Although Dilute seem to be cross-dressing the melody and the rhythm to quench some insatiable thirst for pure tonal anarchy. Clearly, an outstanding mannerism of Dilute is their intense focus on fingering-out the hottest of guitar licks. I found more intriguing the tricky tasks of the drummer and bassist to keep up with these uncharted and avant-garde escapisms. Proffering what is possibly the final word to all scatter-brained math-rockers and fake-jazzers, a watered-down admittance in cracking-voice form "…we make it our place to lose the race."

Dilute are likely the undiscovered gems in a sea of envelope-pushers. However, I appreciate and entitle some credibility to a sound that will probably never catch-on with most people, even if its authenticity is questionable. There are so many changes that these people either have photographic memories, or someone studied jazz guitar at the Berkley School of Music. And if their live show is even remotely as dynamic as this disc, then they will definitely be a band to watch in 2002.

Reviewed by June Woons

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