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4 stars A very exciting Cardiacs release, as this is the first new material coming out of Cardiacs since 1999 "Guns" (Which is underrated). For one the amazing Jon Poole is gone and replaced by Kavus Torabi which I truly like just as much (You should really look up his stuff he worked with Guapo, was in a great band called Monsoon Bassoon, and recently released a solo album under the title of Knifeworld). Tim and Jim Smith are of course here, and so is Bob Leith. The other new additions are a couple of gals playing percussion and singing backup. I honestly didn't notice them until I saw the musicians on the album page here (and it was all like Ohhhh). The music does have a fuller sound to it I guess.

The music! It's rather fantastic and exciting. Cardiacs have stayed their usual quirky delightful self, but the sound has changed. For one their songs on this EP are rather anthemic (well anyone whose listened to Cardiacs before knows that they can make some amazing anthems) and there's a definitely a even more punky leaning here than Guns.

The title track is bombastic to say the least. It's starts with a single drum and then accumulates to the whole joining into this rather insane sound scape of rather loud guitars and fun stuff like that. It does stay a bit too long. A half minute off could have helped. But still rather incredible.

"Gen" is the a real Cardiacs diddy. It just rolling drums and bass and a great chorus and general awesomness. Short and very very sweet.

"Made All Up" is more or less a gigantic chorus. It's just like ahhhhhhhhh, more or less. Really epic feeling to it. The drums pound and there's Tube bells in the song! It's quite beautiful and interesting. Few Cardiacs effects and studio thingies were added giving a cool effect.

Don't start here with Cardiacs, start with "Sing To God". But when you get truly addicted to Cardiacs definitely check this out as it is quite possibly the last Cardiacs material to be released (Leader Tim Smith has had a heart attack in 08 and is still recuperating, very sadly Kvarus has said in some podcast that Cardiacs will never play live again). Very good stuff, not perfect but still darn excellent.

Get well soon Tim!!!!

frippism | 4/5 |


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