Angel Hair
Pregnant With The Senior Class


4.0
excellent

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
April 8th, 2011 | 26 replies | 6,558 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lesson in externalization.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

It seems to be an endemic part of human nature that people always find themselves unable to let go of certain things. We constantly dwell on past events and conversations, essentially exacerbating such issues and failing to arrive at any sort of closure in our minds. The late, great Kurt Vonnegut had a pretty strong opinion on this notion, which he expressed in his 1985 novel, Galapagos. In this fantastic but often overlooked fictional piece, Vonnegut calls into question the apparent worth of the evolutionized human brain, constructing a rather realistic tale in which people's incessantly functioning/thinking minds cause all sorts of undue issues and eventually lead to nuclear world war and humankind's demise.

Pregnant With The Senior Class seems to be a fairly obvious result of such excessive brooding. I'd imagine that Sonny Kay, frontman of the now-defunct Angel Hair, must have internalized for many many years to generate all the angst and irritation found on the record. Some individuals choose to drink and/or smoke away their frustrations - others take to beating their spouse or taking a shotgun into work - fortunately for us, however, dear Sonny spent his well-ripened anger in a more prolific way, channeling a generation of disappointment and disgust into forty-something minutes of beautiful verbal carnage.

Angel hair rely not so much on lyrical shock value, as a band such as hardcore troupe Dangers might do, but rather focus their energy into a sloppy amalgam of spasmodic desperation and poetic poignancy. Kay's peripatetic songwriting remains shifty and unbounded throughout the record, allowing the listener to make out only certain patches of his verbalized discontent. It's as cathartic as it is catastrophic, and only further amplified by a background soundtrack that could cause a deaf man to wince. Massively dissonant guitar lines build and lurch and creak and crumble atop a wounded but relentless drum set. Angel Hair's musicianship is murderously gleeful - it not only shrieks and whines of a tortured past but also celebrates an under-appreciated woefulness about which only the world's most pitied creatures can know. "Our parts are for fucking as much as their parts are for piss!" While admitting its inevitable imprisonment to human nature, PWTSC so much as defecates on its own moral imperfections. The album is a thoroughly livid construction - a diatribe besieging the unmistakably boorish and shallow ways of humanity.

After eighteen searing tracks, only a few of which exceed three minutes in length, Angel Hair have made their point, and perhaps have made it too well. For as the shit-storm begins to settle, it seems as if the album's harm-inflicting ways have even taken a toll on itself. Beautifully destructive, Pregnant With The Senior Class renders the band as run-down as Vonnegut's human race, victim to its own disastrous power. It is, indeed, a form of externalization at its finest, both as anguished as intricate as Sonny Kay himself, and perhaps a direct cause of the band's demise only a year later. "Forget romance and twelve packs and birth control pills, you've got guts to be sick to." So if your stomach is feeling woozy, go ahead and purge its contents into someone's toilet… but if it's your thoughts that have got you feeling ill, give this record a spin. You might find a reason or two or fifty to work out some of those issues.



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iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did this review for WeepingBanana's "Review Something Random" list...

Hope none of this sounds too forced or over the top, I really struggled a shit-ton with this write-up just cause this album is so massive and intense that it's hard to decide what exactly is the right thing to say about it. Anyways, this is awesome. Too bad these guys aren't around anymore.

Comments and criticisms are always appreciated. Enjoy!

americanmusicmachine
April 8th 2011



3953 Comments


you write reviews real good, kid. It's been a long, long time since I last listened to this album but I remember listening to "You Were Ugly, but You Cute Again" abunch of times.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

right on, thanks man.

yeah that song's got some wicked hooks, definitely one of the best tracks on the album.

accompliceofmydeath
April 8th 2011



4170 Comments


I remember checking this out when I was looking into the San Diego scene. I need to check this out again.

pizzamachine
April 8th 2011



12571 Comments


Great review, although could have used a bit more descripts on the music. Pos.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review, this album rules rules rules. needs much more attention here.

letsgofishing
April 8th 2011



900 Comments


Holy shit, what an awesome review.

I'm taking notes, POS

iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha wow thanks a lot guys

@pizza - yeah I kind of felt that way while I was writing it, definitely could have gone a little more into some individual songs.

@aids - agreed, like I said it was something I listened to for the review something random game and I was very pleasantly surprised that it was so awesome.

@fishing - thanks dude!

eternium
April 8th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the albums that Sea rec'd me. Man knows his emo.

danielito19
April 8th 2011



4359 Comments


I gotta get this. I've heard so much good shit about it but I've been too busy listening to Deadguy and other "eternium-core."

Yeah eternium I went through like all your lists and d/led a bunch of shit

eternium
April 8th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good sir.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seriously, to the best of my knowledge, Sea is most definitely Sputnik's authority on emo haha.

props to him too, I should have mentioned that the rec'd by reviewer bands/albums were all his requests, I wasn't too sure what would be good ones so I let him take care of it.

SlightlyEpic
April 8th 2011



5780 Comments


heh

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must have missed that "review something random" thing. Sounds cool.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah Aids here's the link for the list: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=428565&listid=69319

that was about 2 weeks ago though and this was only the third out of the fifteen album reviews to actually surface haha, I wonder if any more are gonna pop up.

FilupLees
April 8th 2011



344 Comments


"Hope none of this sounds too forced or over the top"

At first the beginning left me with a confused as to the connection, and I've read the book! But It did seem right-er after a couple reads. Glad to see this finally got a review. pos'd

iFghtffyrdmns
April 9th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bud, yeah Galapagos is a great novel, unfortunately most people only make it to Slaughterhouse Five and then ditch Vonnegut...too bad

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011



7144 Comments


Great review. I do not consider myself a sufficient enough authority to comment on reviews that are structured such as these, but I know someone who is: thebhoy/Keelan H.

Read his review for Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz. It uses the same set-up as this review does, but pulls it off a lot better (no offense mate). Do note that I do think this is a great review - I just feel like it's missing that extra edge which would make it phenomenal. Hopefully my suggested reading will improve your skills even further. You're a good writer - keep it up son. We need more folk like you on here.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 9th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aw shit Irving, thanks a lot man....that means a lot coming from you.

No offense taken and I will look into some of Keelan's reviews right now.

lancebramsay
April 9th 2011



1585 Comments


Review was very well written, pos.

I want in on this random review thing.



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