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Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The pAper chAse really needs to stop with some of its cheesiness. Not to be too critical, but things like a lower case name with two uppercase letters in the middle just doesn't sit well with me. Along the same lines, an album title like cntrl-alt-delete-u doesn't sit well with me either. It just kind of bothers me, that's all.

But on to the good stuff, which is the music. Though I'm not sure I would have used the term "avant-garde-noise-rock-art punk" as Divot does when describing the band, the terminology does have some merit, and I guess that's as close as I can get to description right now, seeing as their sound is hard to describe.

Yeah, so this "avant-garde-noise-rock-art punk" the pAper chAse plays is some good stuff. It's not too hard so as to isolate most listeners, yet it is surely more hard than soft. The pAper chAse have found themselves a nice placing somewhere on the soft to hard scale; I'd give them a 6 out of 10, where a -8 would be Belle & Sebastian. Cntrl-alt-delete-u's five tracks run a surprisingly long 42 minutes, mostly attributed to the 39-minute closing song, only about 9 minutes of which are more complex than a man's voice whispering repeatedly something to the effect of, "I hate the sun. The sun is uncontrollable. And forgive me, the sun you can't shape, and sculpt reality."

The album is supposed to be though of as a soundtrack, listened to all at once, so as not to lose the meaning or the effect. That's why there are no song titles.

It makes sense. The album is great all together; the songs all work well collectively, except that the last thirty minutes of the album are more or less unnecessary. The whispering in the final track was good at first, but left me bored after a few minutes of the repetition.

The album invokes emotion a lot of times, which is always a plus. This raw emotion works really well with the stripped down mechanics used. It's especially noticeable on the second song, a track bursting with raw fury and my favorite on the album.

The members of the pAper chAse make some good music. If only they could makes some better choices when it came to things like album titles and the way they write their name…

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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