Sax Ruins
Yawiquo


2.5
average

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
July 28th, 2009 | 23 replies | 8,516 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The latest incarnation of Ruins isn't nearly as good as its predecessor.

Sax Ruins is a fairly ingenious moniker indicating an accretion by way of Ono Ryoko's alto sax and flute to Yoshida Tatsuya's already chaotic punk come choose your own genre adventure. The statement of a true percussive virtuoso, Ruins has always been a wildly experimental affair - ranging from prog and punk in every flavor, to free jazz, and encompassing Japan's burgeoning noise scene - Tatsuya's brainchild satiates the most ADD appetite. Ryoko's woodwind offering tweaks the "traditional" formula (in the broadest sense), offering a distinct dose of ska and further apprisal of past jazz meanderings with an instrument made for swing. And swing it does - again, and again, and again, and again. Furious in their insistence on repetitive, staccato chorus sections used to offset dissonant breakdowns, Yawiquo is mostly a collection of frustrating, upper-register, multi-tracked warblings with no low end. Exacerbating the situation, without electronics available for effects-driven atmospherics and noise, the duo resorts to enough high-pitched horn-squealing to induce more headaches than you could shake a fistful of analgesics at. It's truly a travesty; Tatsuya's drumming is still brilliant as ever, and Ryoko's jazz passages are commendable - yet this cannot save compositions that employ a blunt trauma method of cerebrum infiltration. What finally lies before any self respecting listener is a choice between an ill-begotten, jumbled mass of technical wizardry, merely destined to be forgotten... and earplugs. For connoisseurs of all things Ipecac, listen to "Gravestone" and the title track closer; beware of anything else.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2009



15727 Comments


nice soundoff

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Gyromania
July 29th 2009



15200 Comments


Shortest review ever?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 29th 2009



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is the soundtrack to the most f*cked up cartoon ever.

robin
Emeritus
July 29th 2009



4241 Comments


ruins confuse me to no end

Tits McGee
July 29th 2009



1876 Comments


i'm not confusing at all

gaslightanthem
July 29th 2009



5209 Comments


well idk there was that one time when

MaskAtTheMasquerade
July 29th 2009



2887 Comments


lol what is this

handoman
July 29th 2009



2386 Comments


lol. ruins.

scyther
July 30th 2009



1606 Comments


Where did you learn to write?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 30th 2009



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Star Wars novels.

scyther
July 30th 2009



1606 Comments


I can't figure out if you are the Jesus of music reviews or if this is what we all should have been doing, all along.

alachlahol
July 30th 2009



7471 Comments


yawiquo = yanqui u.x.o.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2009



15727 Comments


kingsoby will you lobby to superpeer to change your name to JesusofReviewing1?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 30th 2009



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

JesusofSoundoffing1

MaskAtTheMasquerade
July 31st 2009



2887 Comments


this is some weird stuff...

MaskAtTheMasquerade
July 31st 2009



2887 Comments


and kind of damn annoying

scyther
July 31st 2009



1606 Comments


Soby is better than you guys you guys suck.

poopty
July 31st 2009



319 Comments


likewise

scyther
July 31st 2009



1606 Comments


And are boring.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
July 31st 2009



2887 Comments


keep it going



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