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Nobody's Ugly

Label: No Fun Productions

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Noise

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Original, long out of print, few available: Whitehouse's Philip Best goes it alone on this outing as Consumer Electronics (although since William Bennett takes the production credit for the album, you pretty much take this as a standalone Whitehouse release in its own right). This time around Best's verbal abominations are left at home, and there's really nothing to indicate an explicit vocal presence over the course of the LP. Instead, you're treated to a symphonic tirade of distortion and industrial noise signals. Where this week's other No Fun LP sounds comparatively analog, grounded in a more psychedelic mindset, this is strictly digital, throwing some DSP weight around whilst never letting up on the eviscerating sonic pressure. There's a density to all this but the production clarity permits a few glimpses at individual elements of the music, such that none of this ever melts into a featureless auditory soup. Over the expanse of the first side ('Black Cotton Wool') there's some rampaging, squealing menace lurking beneath the surface, whereas B-side 'Grubbing' relies upon a low frequency throb that seems to have undergone some sort of timestretching and EQing to maximise it's stomach-upsetting potential. There's still plenty of detail here though: the throb wavers and lurches around ominously throughout the side, whilst beams of reverberant synthnoise break from beneath the surface. Great stuff.
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Cat. number: NFP-14LP
Year: 2007