"A Terrible Thing" (Arion; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

The Darker Side Of Pop. That’s what No Machine is aiming for on "A Terrible Thing." I hear the pop but off-white would be about as dark as they go. This CD has a dance music quality to it on some songs and some strange keyboards as well. Perhaps the "darker" adjective is meant for their vocalist; his style is darker than your average pop singer.

No Machine resides across the pond in the UK. I guess their dramatic sound is supposed to darken the sound of pop. It seems a little soft if it’s to be so dismal sounding. It didn’t really grab me and cause a stir and, in fact, I sort of got bored a few songs into it.

No Machine: Al Rivers – vocals; Emil Rivers – piano; Fred – guitar; Joca – drums; Pedro – bass; Daniel – organ, synths.

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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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