Death From Above - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

Album: You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
Artist: Death From Above 1979
Released: 2004
Rating: 3/5

Death From Above 1979 are a duo made up of Jesse F. Keeler (bass, occasional synths) and Sebastien Granger (drums, vocals). You may have noticed that there weren't any guitars mentioned anywhere in that lineup. That's because DFA1979 don't use them. Instead, their idea is to strip dance punk and noise rock down to their most basic elements. The results are somewhat mixed.

After a few synth notes for introduction, suddenly Keeler's bass, distorted nearly beyond recognion takes over and Granger's basic drums support him and the album really begins. It seems pretty good at first, with the first track being a somewhat danceable and relentless assault of fuzzy distorted bass and drums. That is, until the second track begins, and it sounds pretty much the same as the first. And the third track once again sounds the same as the other two. And the fourth track... well, you get the picture.

The problem with You're A Woman, I'm A Machine is that while the tracks generally sound pretty good on their on, attempting to listen to it straight through becomes boring fast because of the lack of any type of stylistic variation. Only one track, "Black History Month", really sounds different from the rest, and it doesn't work all that well.

Probably would've made a good ep, but an album is too much.

Hihglights: "Turn It Out", "Blood On Our Hands", "Pull Out"


adam said…
Black History Month is my favourite song. And I don't think all the songs sound the same :(