Music Reviews

Artist: Lucid Dementia
Title: The List
Format: CD
Label: Buried Records
Rated: *****
Poised, in my opinion, to be one of the top CD releases of 2004 (even
if the mainstream world, addled as it is by too much normalcy, remains ignorant) is Lucid Dementia's "The List." Couple of things you need to know about Lucid Dementia: Their music is both cuttingly satirical (you might say left of Michael Moore) and uproariously funny and their lead singer is a six foot puppet named Lucid Dementia ... Luci for short. This is one of those bands that definitely deserves the term "aptly named." LD is certainly demented, employing such an over the top concept and stage show and the band is hilariously demented but there is an incredible amount of philosophical
lucidity permeating their music. In terms of socio-political
significance, they can stand up to KMFDM any day of the week. Another way they are similar to that band is in the fairly equal employment of guitar and electronica. Indeed, an argument could be made that this middle balance is the perfect dwelling zone for industrial as the metally side tends toward monotonous
(think older Ministry) and the electro side seems sort of like weak
trance with vocals much of the time. Anyway, LD will certainly shred the sensibilities of anybody remotely conservative that has the misfortune to wander into their sphere of influence. In the song, "The Lucid Dementia Show," for example, Luci sings of how the more of something there is the less it is worth and then goes on to point out just how many humans there are ... But to hear such harsh social commentary uttered by a high pitched (electronically altered to some degree, I think) puppety voice is startling and rip-snorting. And yet the voice fits so perfectly and, even in the midst of guffawing at Lucid Dementia's antics you realize how accepting of the voice you are. It does not detract from the industrial doings of this fine,
intelligent and creative act. LD is truly a gem and deserves to be
heard of beyond the underground. The rest of the industrial world could learn a few lessons from this group.



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