Thursday, November 11, 2010

Twilight of the Idols - Needful Things

   The name Brendan Evjan may not ring immediate bells with a lot of you, but he's been part of the biz for many years now involved in projects such as Pigface, formate, and now his new project: Twilight of the Idols.
   Calling it new is a bit of a falsehood.  This album has been in the works for 8 years now, but out of all that time has come quite a different product than we're used to: two discs worth of a thowback to the days of glam rock and decadence produced by an impressive list of industry names including Chris Vrenna, Duane Baron, and Ken Andrews.
     Kicking off with the guitar and breakbeat of Unity Gain the album takes you on a trip of sparkling texture and slick programming with deceptively dark lyrical content that presents a wonderful contrast.  Standouts include the incredibly catchy (just try and get it out of your head) Liquid Platinum, the soulful Slighted (cowritten by the late David Reilly), and the sleazy beats of Body Politic.  Also included is a cover of INXS's need you tonight that is sure to get the fists in the air.
    Overall, this is a great release with a sound quite different than what we've been hearing lately. Definitely worth checking out.

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