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Ring, Cicada
Good Morning, Mr. Good
54 40 or Fight! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After one too-short, highly acclaimed release, Ring, Cicada made their mark with those who were lucky enough to find them. Here, they work with Steve Albini to force a full-fledged album on the world, reaching (and damaging) every ear in their path. It works well for this post-Don Caballero St. Louis quartet that Mr. Big Black/Shellac himself is at the helm, for they are as deserving of his status as he is of their promise.

Perfectly cacophonic and heavy, they begin with "La Renard", which salts a warbly Jim Morrison-style vocal to powerful post-rock wounds. The track sets the bar high for the remainder of the CD, showing keen interplay and serrated detail fit for the highest praise.

The brawling music continues through the next track, "Esoterrorism," and doesn't let up. Several side winding, aggressive instrumental thrashings ensue in the eleven tracks provided, showing that their prowess for powerful, exhaustive anthemic rock cannot be denied. If their debut was near perfect, this is an improvement just because there's more material to snag you in. Indeed it does. Even in slower tracks like "March," an edgy dread of shadow-play looms and snatches your breath.

I spent the duration of this release feeling like I was being hunted by a very skilled, very swift predator. Inches away from clawing out my throat, the beast stood with false mercy over my chest, drawing ever closer to the inevitable. Prayers of thanksgiving could be whispered for being spared, but it's a near-death experience that brings such a sense of life to this band: in comparison, everything else looks tame. Every track splits fear with brilliance. Without a doubt, Good Morning, Mr. Good will change you.

Much of their obvious intelligence comes from the element of surprise - they don't just use it, they dominate the audience's expectations, forcing us to do their bidding. Impressive rhythms and strength to make HUM weep with jealousy, this is what post-rock is all about: pushing the envelope for what post- actually means. They're so far beyond, they're pushing into frightening new territory. The world is coming to a blistering and satisfying end.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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