our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
buy it: here
Lin is a group
from Florence, Italy, trying to combine indie rock with techno
and putting some occasional rapping by a California guy who calls
himself UBQT on top. This is not as bizarre as it might sound,
which is unfortunate because Lin could use a little more excitement
in their steez. They're interesting, but only in theory; once
the disc is actually spinning, they're only admirable. And "admirable"
is no way for a band to be.
is perfect (love those subliminal-but-you-can-still-hear-'em synth
squelches on "Sophie's Choice"), and provides a perfect
backdrop for singer June's lyrics and monologues about the perils
of not-quite-fame ("Sellout Song" is a nice piece of
prog-metal slam poetry indeed). And I like an ambitious band,
especially when they listen to good music rather than shite.
But in the
final analysis, La Foliejust doesn't work. I don't enjoy
any of these songs, and I think enjoyment is an important part
of music, don't you? And if you're going to have a rapper be so
prominent in your group, please pick a better one than UBQT, whose
idea of a deep statement is to intone "I ain't no Jesus"
over and over again. That's not good
although I heard JC
could freestyle like a mutha.
liked La Folie...
2. Lawn Cocktail
3. Are You Feelin' This
4. Crowd Non Pleasers
5. Sophie's Choice
6. Sellout Song
7. Brothel Cholera Bugs
8. Party Frenzy
9. State of the Art
10. A Different Clasp
11. La Folie
12. Communion People - Remix