Working For a Nuclear Free City
Jojo Burger Tempest


4.0
excellent

Review

by robin EMERITUS
November 15th, 2010 | 20 replies | 7,290 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


The first hour of JoJo Burger Tempest is absolutely crazy. It is as diverse a mixtape as anyone could dream to make, slathered in any genre’s wall of noise and taking queues from any band permitted they have pulse, be it the glossy-eyed admiration for Boards of Canada sampled on “Float Bridges” or the ambitious dream pop the band share with Faunts in “Silent Times.” Such a broad spectrum could only be the result of Working For a Nuclear Free City being what it is, which is five guys first and a band later. These guys are a musical democracy, and even if a quintet is, by numbers, an easy democracy, they make it look like utopia. JoJo Burger Tempest is left open to every ounce of contribution made and in turn caters to every one of its contributors: at times it is fuzz, at times it is pop, at times it is electronica and at times it is guitar-rock. But at all times it is everyone, an hour (on its first side!) so huge it reflects those age-old assets music so badly needs: confidence and collaboration, and confidence in collaboration.

But as easy as these Manchester louts make mixtapes look, there’s no getting lost in JoJo Burger Tempest. It’s a mixtape for those who need it and an album for those who seek it out, lending itself to immensely indulgent full listens that run from “Do a Stunt” to the first disc’s bookend, “Buildings.” That’s something their debut, just as jam-packed, could never quite do, and it shows how well these guys can mould their ideas together when they want to. Most of this is attributed to their lightning fast pace which, at its most electrifying, is glorious (“Pachinko,” “Faster Daniel Faster,” amongst others) and at its least, gratifying- there’s room to breathe in “A Black Square With Four Yellow Stars,” and the band let up with the acoustic “Buildings” when the time comes. The first disc of JoJo Burger Tempest is not only hugely experimental, it has the structured science to back it up: the album, regardless of genre shifts, is designed to have songs play off songs. I could pick any sequence of songs and have them match up in spite of all their paradoxes, with perhaps the greatest example the transition from the dreamy “Float Bridges” to the huge guitar anthem found in “The King and June.” JoJo Burger Tempest is chaos, alright, but controlled chaos.

At least, it is in its best moments: JoJo Burger Tempest is madness, succeeding not on having a method to that madness but rather on the assurance of craziness. Its construction is insanity with restraint, musical stream-of-consciousness penned by an overreaching beginning and end. And where Working for a Nuclear Free City fail, they do so because they lose that assurance- there’s a point at which JoJo Burger Tempest becomes insane and nothing but, and that is its cinematic title number, which is just about the wrong side of crazy. “The JoJo Burger Tempest” is impossible to ignore for ambition alone: it’s a ridiculous thirty-three minute top off for a record already so ridiculous that it could be three, four discs. This title-track is where Working For a Nuclear Free City’s utopia crumbles to the ground and where democracy falls to lusts of power. It is the work of its entity rather than its five friends, created in a thousand fragments that, while microcosmic of the countless influences shown throughout JoJo Burger Tempest, move lifelessly and pointlessly apart. There are choir rehearsals, sessions of shoegaze and danceable breakdowns, but the radical nature of it all is wasted without collaboration. Here, the guys in Working For a Nuclear Free City don’t know they’re insane, but we do. And I like it better when we’re on the same page. Disc one of JoJo Burger Tempest succeeds on its craziness, on the organic nature it is contributed to, on its openness. Disc two fails because it is made by crackpots.



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AggravatedYeti
November 15th 2010



7684 Comments


I've had this album sitting around for a little while.
This review makes me give a shit. yay.

robin
Emeritus
November 15th 2010



4241 Comments


yeah, you and this album could get well acquainted.

AggravatedYeti
November 15th 2010



7684 Comments


think I may try

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2010



10258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice tuna

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robin
Emeritus
November 15th 2010



4241 Comments


my name is robin, klapper.

PuddlesPuddles
November 15th 2010



4767 Comments


I'm always interested in the albums you are, robin. I'll check this outt

good review, sexcetera...

FelixCulpa
November 15th 2010



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review tuna! Glad you did a review of them, they need some attention on the site. Pos'd.

Although I do still enjoy their debut more mostly because I find it has a better melody in the songs over all if that makes sense and a more guitar heavy sound. Though Jojo burger feels more mature and better constructed than their previous releases.

robin
Emeritus
November 15th 2010



4241 Comments


i havent gone too deeply into their earlier release yet but from what i've heard it's more dancey/catchy. we shall see! =)

North0House
November 15th 2010



1764 Comments


I'll have to check this out.

Gyromania
November 15th 2010



15202 Comments


Really great review. Will look into

ZiggyPop
November 15th 2010



92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty awesome, but at times can be a but much. Definitely interesting though

kitsch
November 16th 2010



5107 Comments


gonna get this robin

iisblackstar
November 16th 2010



431 Comments


checking this out

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 16th 2010



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lookin fwd 2 hearin dis

robin
Emeritus
November 16th 2010



4241 Comments


pretty awesome, but at times can be a but much


"at times" basically being disc two ;)

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 16th 2010



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol i only have up to buildings. missing that last track

PayneTiger777
November 16th 2010



4388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love that someone finally did a review for this band. Their first album is awesome.

sKrotumTotem
November 17th 2010



10 Comments


nuclear power runs my motor

North0House
February 14th 2011



1764 Comments


Is this worth buying?

North0House2
July 15th 2014



5821 Comments


Just ordered this. I'm pretty pumped to get it.

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