Big Black
Bulldozer


3.5
great

Review

by Chortles USER (13 Reviews)
July 4th, 2013 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Big Black mess

You’d be hard pressed to find many musicians from the past few decades as prolific as Steve Albini. It would’ve been enough for him to have just put his stamp on the underground music scene with all the stellar music created across his various projects, but he managed to spread his influence to a broader audience over the years, becoming increasingly notorious for both his unique style as a record producer and his generally radical punditry. Indeed, Albini was a lot more than just the producer who made In Utero sound so nasty, and our friend had proven to have been quite busy years before this.

Big Black started in 1982 as an Albini solo project and would grow into a full band after the first EP under the moniker, Lungs, was released. Lungs doesn’t stray far from the post punk sound prominent at the time, but still proves to be a solid beginning for the mad scientist. Big Black’s next work, Bulldozer, is an important advancement for Albini, namely in that this is where he first started using metal picks in order to experiment with what would become his signature clanky guitar sound. It goes without saying that Albini & Co’s music became a lot more interesting from this point on, but this isn’t the only talking point for the EP; Albini manages to make considerable progressions across the board. The plodding pace of songs from its predecessor is ramped up to a faster level, which serves as a much better complement to Albini’s aggressive snarls. All of this is filled out by some nauseating bass lines and ridiculously clanky guitar melodies, making for the energetic punk-noise fusion that Albini would tinker with for years to come. Aside from that, there’s really not much else to say: Bulldozer is simply a great collection of songs from a band that would only improve with time.



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Chortles
July 3rd 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tl;dr no one is cooler than albini

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Cygnatti
July 3rd 2013


32296 Comments


omg, I didn't know havey wrote reviews, what is this!?

Ire
July 3rd 2013


41948 Comments


i love u harvey

Chortles
July 3rd 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

be the first of your friends to like this

menawati
July 3rd 2013


16587 Comments


didnt know u did reviews, thats a nice review. pos

Chortles
July 3rd 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i don't really other than cranking out some lazy ones out when i'm on downtime, thanks tho m80

menawati
July 4th 2013


16587 Comments


oh its you that did it, got confused by the username havey thought it was the other havey

Chortles
July 4th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg for trickery

Ire
July 4th 2013


41948 Comments


neg u for bad review harvey

tommygun
July 4th 2013


26718 Comments


holy fuck

MrElmo
July 4th 2013


1955 Comments


Nice Short review, effective and a good read so pos. Band rules, shame is I doubt this EP is gonna be easy to find

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2013


13789 Comments


no one is cooler than albini [2]

Need to check this album out still. Albini's guitar tone is like nothing else!

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Chortles
July 5th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what's on ur mind tom

tommygun
July 5th 2013


26718 Comments


nothin gets me pumped up like a chortley review and this is a very good one

pos :]

YoYoMancuso
July 5th 2013


12713 Comments


nice review broturkey

Chortles
July 5th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx fellas i'm blushing

demigod!
July 5th 2013


49257 Comments


no one is cooler than albini [3]

nice review dude i gotta check big black sometime

Chortles
July 5th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah man, this band is aslkfdlkasjdflkajsd

EaglesBecomeVultures
July 5th 2013


5510 Comments


sup havey u wanna snapchat

Chortles
July 6th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

havey is not even cool



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