Dude Incredible – (4.5 / 5)
I love Steve Albini and Co. approach to rock n roll, so minimal but soooo effective. Just guitar bass drums and vocals and that’s all you need, listening to Dude Incredible constantly revitalizes my faith in music. There is a sort of mathematical precision to any song Albini writes himself, and it makes sense that his father was a rocket scientist (literally). There are tons of imitators, but no one suffices. Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer make just about every note and drum beat sound awesome. Riding Bikes? Ok! Being totally and utterly “Compliant” in our everyday lives? YES. “You Came In Me”…..I’m confused on that one… but ok! What could only be called an unhealthy obsession with surveyors, because it’s in three of the song titles…..but probably a dig at music critic’s at the same time. Lyrics like “You times son of a bitch SQUARED!” are yelled at us with unbridled passion, as many of the lyrics are just odd mathematical equations. To me it sounds interesting! But I have a mathy brain, you might say.
Every couple of years I gotta have my Albini dose of rock n roll. Albini even gives us one of his own unique ballads with “Gary” and it really sounds unlike anything else I have ever heard. Some would say this music is depressing – I say life affirming. “The People’s Microphone” is an instrumental obsessed with the speed of a song, constantly changing in tempo. The thing with Shellac is this, and it’s always been this: simple is good. You can do more with live recordings, analog tape, and three people in a band then most can do with huge studio budgets and overloads of musicians crowding spaces. Here is more proof, if you have forgotten.
Best Tracks: Dude Incredible, Gary, Riding Bikes