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Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds
Remember the Past, Respect the Future
Odd Halo Recordings

Rating: 3/10 ?

October 1, 2004
You know what's funny? In comparison to this CD, I think I'd have more fun listening to John Cage's ambient experiments. No hyperbole here, I just really like Cage's work for some reason; another amusing side note being that I was introduced to Cage in a classical music course.

Back to the album at hand however; Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds is classified (in the press sheet) as Experimental Ambient, Folk, and Post Rock Movement, which raises the question - when was this so-called Rock Movement that this music is following? I mean if this type of evocative sound comes after the Rock Movement then surely it must have been a dry period for musical innovation. Or maybe it was merely after a movement of rocks. Nevertheless I can't wait for someone to tackle the Post Avant-Garde genre!

Okay, my grand and courageous witticisms aside, the label Odd Halo is a "small coalition conceived out of admiration for the strangely dark and compelling." I have no problem with dark or compelling, but what Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds delves into while trying to achieve "dark and compelling" verges constantly on melodrama. Take note, aspiring horror filmmaker! This may be the B-movie terror score of your dreams!

This album is loaded to the max; Remember the Past, Respect the Future runs an astounding 70:31 minutes. Composed of 6 tracks, the longest clocking in at 28:26 (complete with 19:57 of beautiful and serene silence).

"This project mixes the sounds of Godspeed You Black Empower, Mogwai, Der Blutharsch, Tribe of Circle with elements of Lustmord, Robert Rich and Raison D'Etre," states the Odd Halo coaltion. This is exactly why I don't enjoy numerous name drops in association with a smaller artist; here Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds is no longer even influenced by other bands, but rather they actually "mixe the sounds of".

If there were less concentration on who the album emulates perhaps Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds could seek something wholly unique. Looking to any electronic music retrospective from the 20th century, you can find a plethora of experiments within the genre. For me, this particular album doesn't necessarily push the established genre limits as well as other contemporary groups.

Sure, this might be an interesting first listen, but after the novelty wears off. You really begin to pick apart the shortcomings of the tracks when the album reveals itself to have nothing startlingly virtuous. This is a disc that I don't feel I'll be listening to again anytime soon.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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