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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
rinrse
rinrse
V2

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


May 15, 2006
Workplace morale suffers in the high-octane, White Stripes-meets-Gary Numan electro-rocker "Cubicle," but rinrse could care less about your deadlines or your productivity. French duo Jean Philippe Freu and Patrice Carri are 24-hour party people who make 24-hour party music, and if the bruised legs, the scratches and the " lipstick smeared around your face," upset your office manager and your provincial co-workers, so be it. There's good times to be had. And they've got iPod/iTunes music downloads to sell.

No doubt, you've seen and heard the TV commercial. The damn thing is all over the airwaves and it's impossible to ignore. Like ecstasy in song form, "Cubicle" sets your hair on fire with blazing, supernova guitars, rugged drumming and Florian Blinker's steel-wool vocals and wild in-your-face screaming. A salute to after-hours debauchery and living with morning-after consequences, it's rock's answer to Trainspotting - without the harrowing drug nightmares - and these days, it's serving as a gateway to the club-hopping, Euro-trash world of rinrse. This self-titled greatest hits collection, culling tracks from three albums and rescuing three out-of-print recordings never released in the U.S., hits all ports of call.

Mashing up throbbing disco, hot funk and - on occasion - jazzy Latin rhythms with retro-rock guitars and electronic washes, rinrse is a true melting pot of ideas. Clean up the production of AC/DC's tight Back In Black riffage, airbrush it with New-Wave make-up and you've got "Bitch." Dress up the nerdy funk of the Talking Heads with electronic skitter and Madchester psychedelia and "Get Ready Now" gets past the doorman and into CBGBs. Dance tracks like "Le Rock Summer," "Lost Love-Bacon And Quarmby Remix," and "Le Triangle" find Chic's lost grooves, laying on the cheesy, swooping strings a little thick but adding post-punk edge to the boogie-down rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers.

Relentless in its quest for fun, dance-oriented music, rinrse goes through the past, not darkly, but with a strobe light. Unabashedly jubilant, "Dead Flowers," from Music Kills Me, provides the missing link between thumping, modern-day house music and genuine 70s disco, while the title track from that release hops into the Crystal Method's Big-Beat monster truck and bounces with the harder, more metallic sound of that duo's more recent work. Spanning a range of influences, Insatallation Sonore's "La Guitaristic House Organisation" is a head-spinning mix of house grooves, short-circuited electro-punk guitar, buggy electronics that buzz around your head, and smooth, rolling bass lines that ride like a Mercedes.

The introductions have already been made with "Cubicle," but the more time you spend with the more you come to realize that it only scratches the surface of a band with slick studio chops that's surprisingly adept at recombining the DNA of all different kinds of genres. Outside of rinrse, Freu and Carri earn their living as psychologists. Thankfully, as least as far as rinrse is concerned, they don't just subscribe to one school of thought. It's amazing how easy they transition from one genre to the next, and how the pieces lock together in a perfectly arranged puzzle. The varied beats of drummer Frdric Pace and the programming and keyboard fills of Johnny Palumbo, who also plays guitar, do the engineering work needed to bridge together all the divergent elements of this wonderfully dynamic architecture and they do it with subtle precision. Groove is not only in the heart; it's in the head, the soul and the imagination. And rinrse proves how important all four are when trying to redefine musical boundaries.

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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