If you thought that Foetus, a.k.a. J.G.
Thirlwell, a.k.a. Clint Ruin, would return from his self-imposed exile
like One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest's lobotomized and placid Randall
McMurphy, guess again. Malicious cliche inversions and dour lyrics like
"buckshot methodology" and "a marriage made in the emergency ward" indicate
that Mr. Foe to Us hasn't mellowed or grown sentimental on his latest CD,
Ear). He reclaims the throne from heirs like NIN with the brutal garbage-disposal
industrial rhythms of "Quick Fix," but also stretches out with the "psychological
symphony" of "Kreibabe" and the swooning big-band jazziness of "Cirrhosis
of the Heart." There's a cinematic grandeur to Flow, which is elaborately
layered with unusual contrasts, like the way Hahn Rowe's violin slithers
beguilingly through the cold ghost-chain rattles of "Mandelay."
Original source: LA Weekly, 22 June 2001, by Falling James
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