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The Monodrone
5 stars Sing to God - Cardiacs ==================

Sing to God is a strange album. But then again, Cardiacs are a very strange outfit. Sometimes, madness breeds genius. Sing to God is the perfect example of such a statement.

Sing to God is an album I recommend everyone try. Spanning two discs, this album is filled with absolutely no filler and is arguably Cardiacs' best album. Every track, however strange or quirky it may be, is aurally perfect. Cardiacs can somewhat be described as progressive post-punk, but they are far beyond description. Their influences are a myriad and this is clearly reflected on Sing to God. Heard on this album is everything from ambient, punk, metal, thrash, to odd "circusy" tunes.

Vocal harmonies are prevalent, as are fast synthesizer keys, as well as piano. The guitarring and drumming are both very punk-influenced, being fast and heavy, yet complex. The music, by the way, is VERY complex. Tim Smith is the main composer, guitarist and vocalist and is quite frankly a genius. Saxophone, trumpet and orchestral arrangements are often present and help to create that tight, energetic, quirky, definable sound that can only belong to Cardiacs. How he (Tim) manages to seamlessly blend such an abundance of sounds into compositions is beyond me.

Tim Smith's vocals may take a while to get acquainted with. They are, more often than not, very high-pitched and falsetto. They can also be quite chaotic, yet wholly entertaining. The lyrics are what many would say "indecipherable." They seem to have some sort of religious undertone; a theory Tim Smith denies.

This album is a masterpiece of rock music, progressive or not. A definite 5-star if I've ever heard one.

Standout tracks include: "Fiery Gun Hand" "Bellyeye" "Manhoo" "Wireless" "Dirty Boy" "Nurses Whispering Verses" "Foundling"

PS: This album is very rare and out-of-print. It can be purchased on iTunes, however. Get well soon, Tim!

The Monodrone | 5/5 |


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