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Ism - Monkey Underneath Review

by Rob Nipe

As near as I can figure, there is only one monkey here and it is me. When I see there are new albums to review, I start salivating and-because I've been trained so well by my antiMusic Masters-I start making a list of the bands I'd like to review. And like the monkey I am, I throw s*** against the wall and see what sticks (a grosser way of saying that I ask for more and then get what other people haven't asked to review already). Occasionally, some s*** gets through. This is one of those cases.

I don't want to make it sound like I hated this album. I just hated the fact that it straddles-unsuccessfully-multiple genres. You got your electronic part and you got your rock part and the two parts are mixed together about as well as oil and water. I think if this had been just a rock album I would not have cared as much. It is just this idea that having an over produced album will cover up the fact that the material isn't that good to begin which is foolish. You have to have a good base so that when you build on it whatever you decide to do will be supported.

Beyond all that, they actually use the lyric "Love, it is a higher ground." The rock police are coming; ism, you'd better flush your instruments down the toilet. As for myself, I have only myself to blame. I have to spank my red-monkey-ass for not listening to more of the album before jumping and putting it on my list. I have learned an awful lesson this day. One I shall not forget soon.

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