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The Slow Signal Fade
Steady
In Music We Trust Records
www.theslowsignalfade.com


The Slow Signal Fade's CD Steady, which was produced by super producer Steve Albini, is one noisy electric guitar album. But Sri Lankan-born vocalist Marguerite Olivelle provides this disc's most striking aural element. She sings everything on it in a voice that falls somewhere between the preciousness of Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser, and Sinead O'Connor/Shirley Manson (Garbage) power.

Although it was in Albini's skilled production hands this disc just doesn't get the balance right between Olivelle's trembling vocalizing, and the group's aggressive guitar assault. Even with repeated listening, it is still difficult to figure out what Olivelle is saying through her songs. It is like straining to understand what a soft spoken friend is telling you, over the music at a party or the loud playing during a rock concert.

Guitar may be the main instrumental voice for this recording, but haunting piano surprisingly kicks off the opener "Departmental." Whatever it is Olivelle is trying to tell us all, she sure appears to be a severely desperate femme fatale. One track called "TBA" has a strongly Robert Smith (The Cure) guitar foundation, and "At Least We're Dancing" is much closer to the dance of death, than it is to "Dancing With The Stars." This music is like Goth, albeit without the black clothes and graveyard imagery.

If The Slow Signal Fade had faded the guitar amps down just a few more notches throughout, it would have raised this CD's letter grade considerably.

-Dan MacIntosh

Track Listing:
1. Departmental
2.Time Machine
3.TBA
4.At Least We're Dancing
5.Relapse
6.Counterpunch
7.Mary Lou Saw Birds
8.The Same Song
9.That's A Long Way Down


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