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inside/absent

Author: Alanna Lee
08/03/2005 | Zero | www.zeromag.com/articles/cd_view.php?id=533&pi=0 | Album Review
Pulsating beats, touching lyrics, and well thought out simplicity make the third release from Broken Spindles a stunning piece of art. Joel Petersen, bassist of The Faint, worked on this side project while on tour with The Faint and Beep Beep while keeping all of his ideas to himself until he had completed the album. This technique has created a product where the words are just as important if not more so than the music that backs them up.
Similar to the modern Clinc and with touches that parallel The Faint, Inside/Absent has fully instrumental pieces as well as tracks that border on spoken word. Occasionally there are moments that are so basic, as in single piano keys being tapped, that the post-modern artistic approach being taken brings up the "Couldn't anyone do that?" question. It must be remembered though that this album is meant to be art, not an attempt to be a musical icon. With this in mind, the mission has been accomplished over and over again. Progression through the album shows more layers, and just as the ear is willing to hear more, the last track, "Painted Boy Face," abruptly ends.
inside/absent

inside/absent

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