7 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drilling down on the extremes of the Cassette EP, the first full-length from Viet Cong (later to be known as Preoccupations) is an inspired mix of gritty and beautiful, pairing fractured blasts of noise with plush synths (“Newspaper Spoons”) and deadpan vocals with striking lattices of guitar (“Bunker Buster”)—a sound that shouldn’t make as much sense as it does. Best of all is “March of Progress,” which opens with nearly three minutes of industrial wheezing before ascending to a breathless (and surprisingly catchy) rave-up—a high point on an album full of them.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drilling down on the extremes of the Cassette EP, the first full-length from Viet Cong (later to be known as Preoccupations) is an inspired mix of gritty and beautiful, pairing fractured blasts of noise with plush synths (“Newspaper Spoons”) and deadpan vocals with striking lattices of guitar (“Bunker Buster”)—a sound that shouldn’t make as much sense as it does. Best of all is “March of Progress,” which opens with nearly three minutes of industrial wheezing before ascending to a breathless (and surprisingly catchy) rave-up—a high point on an album full of them.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
Tassio04 ,

Enough with the PC police

Please stop giving this album 1 star because of the band name. This isn’t the first nor will it be the last band to use a shock tactic in naming themselves. If you are concerned about atrocities committed in the world, go do something that will actually help instead of sitting on your computer and attacking a band for their name.

Please refer to one of this band’s major influences - Joy Division - and go write your “disrespectful name” reviews for all of their albums as well…. “Joy Division” is arguably more offensive than “Viet Cong” based on the criteria listed here.

By the way - good post-punk music.

TinTinBro ,

Solid Viet Cong album.

Very enjoyable album. I prefer the later half of the album as it really starts getting poppy and catchier and very fun to listen to. Continental Shelf and Silhouettes are my favorites.

Too bad the reviews on here give the album low scores because of the name. That's not how this all works.

S83N ,

Just ignore the name.

The music is great. Even if it’s a little too much like their last project WOMEN, if you come in clean, it’s an enjoyable listen. The lo fi sound on this LP is abrasive and hard hitting similar to Joy Division and a little Interpol. It’s fantastic.

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