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Album Review

More of interest to completists than in its own right, the album gathers two tracks from the forthcoming album, Veil, while the track "Now Is Now" is a remix of a lesser track from the previous album. While all are solid compositions, none are essential or significantly different from the album cuts. The song "Trash Train" is an unusually up-tempo tune for the quintet, and the instrumental rocks pretty hard but is hardly indispensable. The band does deliver a solid cover of the Stones' "Paint It Black," taunting fans with what the band might have been able to accomplish with material of equal emotional weight. The guitar builds intensity throughout the song, gathering substantial steam, but bassist Susan Stenger's throaty vocals cannot do justice to the song, and the instrumental version suffers from the absence of Jagger's haunting lyrics.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Favoring chaotic squalls of guitar noise and avant textures over the dynamics of conventional songcraft, the New York-based Band of Susans formed in 1986 around the core duo of singers/songwriters Robert Poss and Susan Stenger, longtime friends who reunited only after pursuing dramatically different musical paths: while Poss became a fixture on the N.Y.C. punk scene in the Clash-inspired Tot Rocket before joing Rhys Chatham's guitar ensemble, Stenger relocated to Prague, where she studied the theories...
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