"The Pain and the Progress" (Bluntface; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"The Pain and the Progress," by Chemical Distance, is at times frantic, at times frenetic and always a little weird. Think Oingo Boingo on speed.

The music hereon is bouncy and unique. Sometimes it's irritatingly fast; sometimes it's irritating slow. Overall, it's a very uneven listen and hence a little difficult to listen to from beginning to end. And, unfortunately, even with the weirdness of it all, it all starts to sound the same at about track 5.

Still, if you're looking for something a little outside the norm, you might find "The Pain and the Progress" worth a listen.

Chemical Distance: Michael Hauptly-Pierce (lead & backing vocals; lyrics); Otto Kinzel (guitar, programming, synth, vocals, production); Matt Connarton (bass, backing vocals); Marc Brennan (drums).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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