Black Dice
Repo


2.5
average

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
April 6th, 2009 | 12 replies | 9,200 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Repo isn't a bad record but it's certainly the least fresh and consistent we've seen from Black Dice thus far.

There's an interesting little moment on Lightning Bolt's DVD The Power of Salad where drummer Brian Chippendale talks about the way in which Lightning Bolt are compared to Black Dice. Black Dice, Chippendale says, are constantly going down a path that reveals more of their bizarre vision with each release while Lightning Bolt's more recent releases are just concerned with rocking the fuck out. Six years on from the release of that DVD, the statement is still true. Kind of. Hypermagic Mountain was certainly the most fun and accessible of Lightning Bolt's releases and if nothing else, Black Dice have certainly gotten weirder (though not in the most predictable way).

Black Dice began as a noise rock group and slowly began to embrace more avant-garde leanings, which were developed and evolved up until 2007's Load Blown, a wild yet danceable take on electronica. Repo continues in the same vein of music that you can dance to (not that you would, but it's technically possible), assembled from disjointed, mismatched materials. It's futile to try to explain everything that's going on in this record; the catchy electro bass lines, the mix four-on-the-floor beats and choppy cut-and-paste ones, the ring-modulated vocals that sound like vomiting robots and the random blips and bleeps only make up the basics of Repo's 14 cuts. The rest of the sounds on the record basically consist of complexly layered, bizarre samples with small bits of guitar and other instruments. The overall sound is something akin to a computer having an aneurysm.

While the sounds on Repo are certainly interesting, the majority of the songs are not. Opener "Nite Creme" provides a fun beat with layered noise constantly building over the top it. "La Cucaracha" is the longest track here and certainly one of the most well-crafted but while the rest of the songs usually show flashes or snippets of greatness, most of them fail to engage as whole pieces. At the risk of sounding horribly ignorant, Repo's major problem is that it sounds like Black Dice have simply slapped a bunch of random shit together and released it as a record. Of course there's more to it than that statement would suggest, and it's also true that 'slapping random shit together' is what Black Dice have been all about for a large part of their career (at least since Broken Ear Record). Repo is really a "fans-only" affair; close followers of the group will ndoubtedly enjoy what's going on here but anyone else is going to have to wonder what the point of it all is.

Repo isn't a bad record, but it's certainly the least fresh and consistent one I can remember Black Dice releasing and both of those traits are a big deal with 'difficult' music like this. After a few spins of it, I can't help but wonder if they're even trying anymore. Ultimately, listening to this album is like watching WWE; it's fun at first in a weird sort of way, but certainly not worth sticking around to the end for.



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Waior
April 6th 2009



11420 Comments


Profanity in reviews < Reviews

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


kind of annoying band so idk

bastard
April 6th 2009



3435 Comments


Zebra will destroy you

good review though

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009



16072 Comments


they havent been fresh for like 5 years good review though

karina
April 6th 2009



165 Comments


Suuuckin dii
iiiiiicks

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 7th 2009



3752 Comments


Yea, I really didn't like this at all.

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kintups
April 8th 2009



491 Comments


Sounds like ten inches of chicken shit.

tarethere
April 14th 2009



184 Comments


i like this quite a bit, but probably because its the most danceable black dice will get

natey
April 16th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really like Glazin and some of this, but Cold Hands-ish Black Dice is preferable

gaslightanthem
April 16th 2009



5209 Comments


no this is rly bad

AlexTM510
August 15th 2009



1396 Comments


they opened for Animal Collective yesterday in Brooklyn

quite possibly the worst thing Ive ever seen.

Idk....I dont really "get it".

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merriweather
October 19th 2010



619 Comments


123, I don't "get it" either...how is this similar to Animal Collective in any way, shape or form? I guess it has spiffy sounds like on MPP and Strawberry Jam but they are all random and cut up and emotionless and boring. Noise but not even like AC's early stuff.



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