Review Summary: Not as groundbreaking as Birthdeath Experience, Total Sex is still an amazing album packed with seriously excellent tracks.
As Birthdeath Experience
changed the face of Power Electronics, William Bennett was not about to stop now. Within that same year, Whitehouse would release Total Sex
, another of Whitehouse's most finest offerings.
We start off with Total Sex
, two tracks which rely heavily on a heavy radio static while William screams into the track. Despite his yelling, his volume is toned down heavily, giving an almost psychedelic feeling. In fact, most of Total Sex has a psychedelic feel to it. Phaseday
achieves this a little better than Total Sex
does, but both tracks clearly show that this album is taking a different route from Birthdeath Experience
returns to the heavy "bleeping" from Birthdeath Experience
but doesn't waste this opportunity as William's vocals are turned down again. Dominate You
has a very soft feeling compared to the rest of the record and the echo was used much more frequently than in the previous two tracks. Eventually, as the track moves forward, the synths begin to change their pattern dramatically and increase their speed. After that is Politics
, a short track that has a bit of static followed by continuous silence.
continues with more static and muffled synths. Roller Coaster
is one of the more diverse tracks on the record as the synths and static work in harmony with Bennett's small yelping. It seems that the volume on William's screaming gets lower every track. By the time Ultrasadism
rolls around, William's screaming just becomes another static added to the rest of the album. It does hamper what could have been a really interesting hybrid between psychedelia and power electronics. Nevertheless, Total Sex
was a continuation of the peak of Whitehouse and it supplies enough interesting tracks to present a thoroughly enjoyable album.