Whitehouse
Cruise


3.0
good

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (68 Reviews)
May 5th, 2016 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That happened

The most divisive Whitehouse release in their entire career. Cruise has never really found its place in the hallowed halls of Power Electronics. At the time of its production, Steve Albini had left and moved on to other projects (he did some stuff on Public though), leaving Bennet and Sotos once again taking the reigns. At its core, Cruise is a return to the basics of Whitehouse, whether it achieves that in the proper form depends on who you talk to.

When we talk about mediocre tracks, we must look no further than Movement 2000, just a continuous distorted noise with barely any effort to it whatsoever. Scapegoat does the same thing but at a higher frequency and adds beats every now and again. Public once again utilizes recorded testimony of victims of abuse, in a once again uninteresting form of artistic expression. It becomes clear that many of these tracks had zero thought put into them, with almost no creative additives being used to boost the quality of the tracks.

Despite this, the album has it's share of good tracks. Princess Disease is a powerful 3 minutes of yelling and heavy distortion, and William's vocals are given much more clarity to them. Dance of Desperate Breath has William whispering some snuff narrative over the backdrop of crowds of people interacting normally. The oddly off putting combination gets even weirder when A Cunt Like You finishes off the album. It starts off with crazy distortion that boosts in and out for a bit before William begins screeching in proper Birthdeath Experience fashion. It then cuts straight to massive bloated feedback beeping endlessly, bombarding your ears until you can no longer stomach it.

Cruise was most obviously designed to capitalize off of the success of Mummy and Daddy. The problem, though, is that Mummy and Daddy had run its course, and nobody was exactly screaming for a sequel to Private. Was Cruise good? Yes. Was it bad? Yes.

So then what the Hell was it?

God knows because I sure don't. I don't know what to make of this and I fail to understand William's thought process as he was making it. At times it shows true creativity and manic intensity, at others it just lags behind and fails to enthrall. Cruise would quickly fade into obscurity after Birdseed anyways so I suppose Bennett's plan failed. Whatever plan that was.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mort.
May 5th 2016


11964 Comments


good review man, havent you basically reviewed nearly all of Whitehouse's records by now?

Digging: Unsane - Scattered, Smothered & Covered

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

almost



still need to do Birdseed, Ascetisists, and Racket

Mort.
May 5th 2016


11964 Comments


ah ive only heard bird seed so i look forward to that

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Aye

Im kinda hoping ratings push my reviews above the others for Aceticists and Birdseed. I was hoping to have all of my reviews be the default for Whitehouse >:D

Supercoolguy64
May 5th 2016


7794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[b]Mummy and Daddy[/i]


lmao

good rev man forgot you were still doing this



Digging: Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fixd, thanks super



Also, I am seeing this train through to the end, no matter how long it takes

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It got deleted by mods. It was reported for the way it was written and the argument in the comments section. I was banned for two weeks cuz of it

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doesn't matter anymore. Nobody understood the message of the review or context so it didn't matter. Best to forget it ever happened especially since I don't feel like being banned again.

CaliggyJack
May 5th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sheez. That sucks

iloveyouall
May 5th 2016


6320 Comments


ay caliggy!
it's good to see you're still going at it. your reviewing is definitely getting better too. looking forward to the rest of your whitehouse reviews.
keep it up.
love sach~~

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

SACH THAT YOU BRO!?



GOOD TO HEAR FROM YA AGAIN!

iloveyouall
May 7th 2016


6320 Comments


is it me? i'm not sure.

CaliggyJack
May 7th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

who is who

Mort.
May 7th 2016


11964 Comments


who is u

CaliggyJack
May 7th 2016


1492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

u is who

Mort.
May 7th 2016


11964 Comments


fuck youve got me there ive been rumbled



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