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Boredoms - WOW2

SKU 14-AVAN026
"Released on Avant, run by Yamatsuka Eye's Naked City bandmate John Zorn, and recorded by him with help from Martin Bisi, Wow 2 surfaced around the same time that Pop Tatari made its initial Japanese bow on Warner Bros. Saying the first album is more experimental and uncommercial than the second is pushing it -- it's not like the Boredoms were going to release catchy pop ditties all of a sudden. Rather, Wow 2 is just another wiggy slice of what makes the Boredoms' sound such a great, unpredictable experience. If anything, this release is actually more straightforward than Pop Tatari. The overall sound of the album feels a bit hollow; there's a lot of echo at points, especially noticeable on the scraps of unaccompanied vocals. Still, it's presumably intentional, as is the feeling that everything was recorded in single takes without overdubbing. Eye is the predominant vocalist throughout, and compared to the near Bomb Squad levels of musical interplay on Soul Discharge, the songs here are blunter and much more direct, with crunching lead riffs quite obvious at points. Various flute and sax noises crop up in the usual tumult of sound; whether it's Zorn having fun is left unclear in the liner notes, but it's equally likely that the Boredoms simply tackle wind instruments the same way they do electric: with gusto. "Pop Can" deserves mention for its remarkably restrained feel, with an ominous call-and-response feel to it; even when things start freaking out a bit, the plodding drum/bass combination keeps grinding along while the guitar plays a few high notes rather than launching into more slabs of feedback. The spacy guitar on "Rydeen!!" also sounds great -- a nice indication of the semi-prog sense that creeps further into their music on later releases." - All Music

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One of the best Boredoms albums of the period. Like it says in the write-up here "more straight forward than Pop Tatari"....that meaning less meandering,and more getting down to an almost "metal" sound(and I mean that in the best sense). Here the songs take right off into forms,...unlike their Warner counter-part of the same era. The "punks" at the timw were disappointed,...but I was overjoyed that this was a good way to hear the early Boredoms having fun while being recorded by sympathetic ears(Zorn's?). Great sound ,with a sense of humor too.
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