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boyd rice / non - Back To Mono (Regular Edition)
Controversy-stoking noise badman Boyd Rice is back with his first NON album in 10 years, put together with a little help from Cold Cave's Wes Eisold. Combining new material with a clutch of archival live recordings, it is, we're pleased to report, one of the most absorbing and entertaining NON records we've ever heard: opener 'Turn Me On, Dead Man' expresses the Boyd paradox with impossible neatness, as a galloping country/doo-wop groove is slowly corroded and distorted beyond recognition by jagged, side-swiping sheets of industrial noise. The album has been billed as Rice reclaiming his crown as the godfather of noise - lest we forget, at a time when Throbbing Gristle were merely incorporating elements of noise into their music, Rice was building his entire sound and mythology around it - and the album is accordingly rooted in thunderous, blood-curdling blasts of electronic drone and scree. Sure, a lot of it sounds quite tame to post-P.E. ears, but it has something that the harsh noise nerds comprehensively lack - rock 'n roll swagger, easy charm, dry humour. The Prurient-esque 'Man Cannot Flatter Fate' and the squealing black mass of 'Seven Sermons To The Dead' are obvious highlights, and his cover of The Normal's Warm Leatherette - by his own estimation the most important record of his life - is straight as an arrow and pierces all the deeper for it.