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You're Nothing

Irrelevant subject inflation. More specifically, migrating away from the topic at hand. Music. That's what we're discussing here, but still we frequently become lost in unrelated discussions about the stylised attributes of it's creators, unrelated publicity stunts and vague personal associations. A terrible habit.

But in the case of Danish punks, Iceage, it IS all relevant. Peel back the engaging, associated imagery. Disregard the debates on whether or not they'll successfully ride that hype pony all the way to the Euro Bank. Ignore the suggestions that they have Nazi connections. Block out the purposeful acts of rebellion (ie. the flick knives sold as merch). Even try and ignore the fact that all these small, individual elements are acutely well-executed, affined to a tried-and-proven marketing plan.

And what are we left with?

Not much. Behind this guise I struggle to find any notable substance worth grabbing hold of. For the most part, You're Nothing sounds flat and lifeless, uninvitingly self-enclosed and sulky. Even the occasional spurts of youthful exuberance wear thin fairly quickly, with the gloomy, provocative attitude only an effective substitute for genuine passion on the first few listens.

All that said, the album's main frustrating element is a rather rudimentary one — the detached relationship between vocals and music. It's this distractingly awkward disconnect that ultimately destroys the enjoyment of You're Nothing, with the two facets rarely partnering in any logical form, seemingly recorded in complete isolation of each other.

The whole uninspiring gloom lasts a mere twenty-eight minutes, only four minutes longer than their 2011 debut, New Brigade, and absent of any notable progression. Iceage are still presented to us as the saviours of "punk" music, with their Diet Goth aesthetic and associated teenage underground rebellion, which, although easily digestible/re-bloggable, feels completely shallow, temporary and, most importantly, is backed by music devoid of any notable authenticity.

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maybe if they were Australian it would get a better review?

6 years ago

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