Worst Case Scenario



by OrbDragon USER (34 Reviews)
September 5th, 2005 | 40 replies

Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

With "Worst Case Scenario", dEUS became the first band from Belgium to conquer beyond the borders of the Benelux. In the bands early days, their music could be described as jumpy energetic alt. rock, with an artsy edge. "Worst Case Scenario" isn't a very consistent record, but has some great moments, and does display the bands creativity both in experimentation and raw songwriting. It defines and the entering of dEUS as one of the coolest bands in Europe...and this is pure alternative rock, euro style!

1. Intro
Nothing really noteworthy...a female voice talks in french, with the distorted sound of the band rehearsing in the background.

2. Suds & Soda
The albums first real song is pure fun and catchiness. This is probably the most innovative use of a violin in an alternative song since PJ Harveys early years. The verses are really cool, with a weird vocal effect backing up Toms lyrical vocals. It's very fun and innovative. The bridge of the song is kinda like a jam track, with a mellotron solo. A very jumpy song that just rocks out in a special way.

3. Worst Case Scenario (First Draft)
Starts with a drum roll, right into a slow funky beat. The production of this song starts miffed, like in a band recording, but it subtely moves into the cleaner production that you hear on the rest of the album. The song revolves around a bassline and Tom speaking the lyrics....dare I say...rapping" The song breaks down in a strange piano/noise sequence. The jazzy clarinets bring a strange contrast. Eventually the song becomes even more messy with freaked out guitar soundscapes all over the place, while Tom sings "It's the first draft of a worst case scenario" repeatedly. It's a very strange song.

4. Jigsaw You
This little song is a bit more on the melodic side. It shifts constantly in mood...sometimes coming out other times it sounds quite chill out and relaxing.

5. Morticiachair
Starts with some weird background noise of someone hammering a piano. A repeating guitar melody appears, and the vocals are very freeflowing over it. The song has a very bliuesy drive. There is some wierd Beefheart-like guitar noise in the second verse. A very playful, yet strange theatrical track. It kind of gets all over the place.

6. Via
The album resumes with the more airy arrangesments of "Via". The intro is very nice, with simple drum breaks co-existing with breathy guitar noise. The song has a similair drive to Suds & Soda, but is a bit slower. I love the dubby chorus where Tom sings "I skipped the part about love" followed by more assaulting on the drums. One of the more accessible songs on WCS.

7. Right As Rain
One of the most beautiful songs Barman has ever written. This is a very quiet acoustic track, with some of dEUS best lyrics. It has a very haunting somber feel. The guitar sounds very uplifting and fuzzy at first, but very subtlely the melody seems to search, only to fall back safely in the arms of the intro melodies. Just wonderful guitar playing. There is even a mistake in the song, so it's quite possible this was recorded in one take. An amazing, naked song.

8. Mute
Mute follows right after Right As Rain. It's mostly bass and drums, with various sounds that seemingly compliment Barmans delivery. The chorus is very straight up rock stuff, nothing that original.

9. Let's Get Lost
Starts with upbuilding drums and a wall of distorted guitars. Very nicely it vaporized into simple ticking of a rimshot and very light violin staccato. Some strange guitar noise that sounds like crumbling has a very disturbing effect to all the nice melodies. It's a nother interestingly written has a very epic feel with the sudden change in dynamics. Pretty good stuff.

10. Hotellounge (Be The Death Of Me)
Starts with a playful out of tune guitar work. It's a very Pavement-like song, Tom sounds kinda angry when he sings the verses as if he is asserting himself. It's another very schizophrenic song by dEUS, an odd beautiful specimen of a song.

11. Shake Your Hip
A very short, kind of joke song. It's very dancable for the 42 seconds that it lasts.

12. Great American Nude
As the title implies, this quite a sexy song. It doesn't have much of a progression. The lyrics are...well, about sex. You be the judge. Just don't take it seriously.

13. Secret Hell
A slow, druggy guitar based song. Very lyrical. Not much to say here.

14. Divebomb Djingle
Another very Beafheart influenced song. It doesn't really serve purpose as a musical track, since it's pretty bad quality.

Some songs are very purely crafted in their delicious weirdness, while other songs are minimalist and earnest. However sometimes the experimentation overwhelms the bands' focus...resulting in lots of nonsense.The album starts off very strong with "Suds & Soda, and the rest of the album fails to live up to this tracks promise. A solid, inconsistent debut album.

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September 6th 2005


[quote=Orb]solid, inconsistent[/quote]
How does this work, exactly? :p

I actually had no idea dEUS has been around for so long. I was told their album from last year was only their third.This Message Edited On 09.06.05

September 6th 2005


"Deus" is Latin for "God".

September 6th 2005


I'll have to check this out. Awesome review.

September 6th 2005


Solid and inconsistent are two different things in my opinion. With this album it's the case...the album works well as whole is solid and interesting, because dEUS don't use conventional songwriting whatsoever...but some songs are delivered better than others. It's one of those peaking and descending records...but the listening experience as a whole is pretty solid. It doesn't happen often rating an album like this, but dEUS is a prett whacky band.

If an album is inconsistent, to me it's because the weaker songs don't work well during the flow of listening to an album.

September 6th 2005


Yeah, I kind of agree with you there Orb. I've listened to this twice and I'm pretty impressed with their standout songs but the lackluster ones just keep me from coming back for more. I'll try another album..

September 7th 2005


"The Ideal Crash" and "In A Bar Under The Sea" are far more consistent. I still think that lyrically, WCS is their strongest record...Tom Barman has written his best lyrics on this album.

September 29th 2005


oh yes, my favorite deus album...

November 6th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

It doesn't really serve purpose as a musical track, since it's pretty bad quality.

Well, since it's artificial bad quality, it's actually very good quality and if you listen closely, you'll hear some very inventive guitar-playing. I kinda get the feeling that you didn't pay enough attention to the last three tracks or so to review this album properly.

February 4th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

The original Belgian release I have has a different trackorder, and 2 songs less, which puzzles me, since Hotellounge should be the closing song of this CD !

This song plays in the same league as the door's "the end" or Radiohead's "street spirit".

as for the consistent part, this album is that arty, alternative and unpredictable, that the result is an inconsistent flow. But I disagree with the deep high/lows, there are no average songs on this cd, they are all above-average at least.

September 10th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

This will always be their best album.

January 27th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

i think this is over-praised

go for In a Bar under the Sea for the real dEUS

Digging: Rob Mazurek Octet - Skull Sessions

October 28th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

if this kept up the standard of the first 7 tracks it'd be an easy 5 for me. The title track is immense

October 28th 2011


Suds & Soda is the best thing ever

Digging: Summoning - With Doom We Come

October 28th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

my god, this band is underrated is fuck. First 3 albums are all brilliant

December 5th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Best dEUS right here.

December 5th 2011


I may have to kill you for this

December 5th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

My good taste in music lives on.

December 5th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Ho Ho Ho Ho

December 6th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

i trust ian anderson is wearing his christmas codpiece

December 6th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

How the hell did you recognize me, mr Mingus

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