This isn't as good as it could be, but thankfully isn't. The
Royal We is presented as though it were created by a bunch
of Corporate MF's who wish to 'instruct' you as a corporate
neophyte in the ways of the company. Production, vocals, lyrics,
and execution are as amateurish as the acting in any corporate
training film, which greatly adds to the album's crushing verisimilitude
that slyly mocks our daily, corporate lives. As a concept, it
is a perfectly realized satire, but its downfall may be its parallel
of real life: I personally prefer music to be an escape from reality,
and not a harsh reminder of it.
That aside, Corporate MF may be this music generation's anti-Talking
Heads. David Byrne implored us to stop and consider
the importance of the "things" in our lives, our place
in society, our purpose in life and so on. The Royal We
paints the Corporation as the answer to all of that and monotonously
drones that purpose, if not happiness, is found in its service.
The Royal We would be useful as a rallying point for those
whose spirit has not yet been crushed by the corporate gears.
For the rest of us, it's another bitter pill
1. Thirds Divide The Day
2. Head Honcho
3. Street Dancers
4. Cook The Books
5. Office Fantasies
6. Body Utility
7. Personality Profile
8. The Royal We
9. Mission Statement
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