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Skinny Puppy, HanDover
SPV Records, Oct. 4

10/06/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The latest from the greatest darkwave crew in history mainly reads like an Ohgr solo album, which isn’t bad; in fact, a solo Ohgr album is better than anything any other darkwave band could do. But he and his last remaining staple fixture, Mark Walk, are 50-year-olds now, probably mildly financially comfortable (God, let’s hope so!), thus if this is a bit phoned-in, so what. Not that it is; it’s obvious that they feel warmly toward some of their own older stuff (“NoiseX” posts some rinsey drum-n-bass that might have upped the stock of their Greater Wrong of the Right album), but what I’m saying is that although it feels and conveys the blackness of a post-9/11 world, it doesn’t wallow in and examine the grimiest sewers of it like they did in GWOTR. There’s a (comparative) lot of Ohgr snarling around on grooves, is what I mean, not near as much stopping to smell the corporate pigpen. It’s sick, yes, but not completely off-putting, even while “Icktums” explores what VNV Nation might sound like if they used hospital machines to make their sound. Meanwhile, “Gambatte” is Devo from hell. Excellent as always, but there’s a shoe that wasn’t dropped, fo sho. A- —Eric W. Saeger
 






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