Author: Tatum Hengel
02/02/2009 | | | Album Review
Not too bash on individuality, but upon hearing the first 10 seconds of leading track, "Over and Over", I couldn't help but make parallels to the Foo Fighters, at least melodically. Ladyfinger (ne), a hard-hitting quintet out of the Midwest, drops Dusk, their sophomore album, on February 3rd.

Despite its heavy adrenaline-driven facade, Ladyfinger (ne)'s lead singer Chris Machmuller's vocals are quite unique, and have a tendency to gather emotion quickly and effortlessly,which separates his voice from the remainder of noise emanating from Dusk. The entrance of vocals almost soothes over the aggressive nature concentrated in the instrumental aspects of the album, making it reflect almost all of the major sub-genres of rock (progressive, a little math rock, some elusive indie, garnished with punk for flavor).

Songs like "Plans", "Born in the 80's", and "Over and Over" implicate Ladyfinger (ne)'s focus on their riffs, beats and effects with heavily emphasized, lengthy instrumental breaks. Although the album is extensively heavy and favors an assertive edge, there's still an inkling of sensitivity mulling about. "Plans", a track that alludes to drug use and the pain and suffering it breeds provides this emotional outburst in it's presentation. The placement of low-key breaks wedged in between heavy riffs and a speedy tempo dictate the anger, confusion, and grief that accompanies such heart break. The epic introductions of "Born In the 80's", "Let's Get Married", "Work Party", "A.D.D", and "Over and Over" are what really give this album it's vitality.


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