Sometimes one song can ruin a good album. Bruised And Satisfied
is constructed of some really great Herman Munster meets
The Fuzztones twisted silliness, and a few filler garage
rock songs ("Baby When You're Gone," "Love Is Evol").
That would all be fine and well and you'd have a perfectly listenable
slab... The spoiler is something called "Bring On The Dancing
Ghouls," which mucks it all up by being that rarest of all
animals, the perfect rock song. It joins The Equals' "Baby
Come Back", an eighties Van Morrison piece too sacred
to be named, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and
The Forgotten's "Keep The Corpses Quite" in the
pantheon of bulletproof, everlasting gobstopper of repeated play.
This destroys the whole listening experience as eventually all
other tracks (as great as the great ones are, and as filler as
the fillers are) become increasingly less appealing. Hearing the
replicated theremin is tantamount to tying off and shooting junk.
The rush of the kettle drums comes with the release of smartass
bouncing bass. The rhythm jerks as the drummer back peddles, writhes
and jerks again, and that spooky self-assured voice creeps out
from the back of your skull jelly, "Can you feel it? Bring
on the dancing ghouls!" Soon the words become commandments,
"Alright," you answer back as you prowl the streets
for likely undead inductees.
While experimenting with various reactive agents, enjoy the sadistic
title track, the antithesis to the masochism of "I Wanna
Be Your Dog." Played so slow that you can hear the bass strings
change tone as they find their center. Some real fetching Cossack
scrubbing on the guitars flesh this one out like that part in
Ravel's "Bolero." (or was it "Flight Of
The Valkyres"?) "The Final Thrill" involves a spaghetti
western showdown between Fields Of The Nephilim and the
fictitious Max "Shape Of Things To Come" Frost.
Look for killer baritone guitar. The B-movie intro "Welcome
All Sinners" plays like the Crypt Keeper leading into
the organ-exposing "Creepy Crawl." But mark my words,
you'll be back to track 3 before daylight.
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