With their frenetic art-rock compared to the best of Jane's Addiction, and their singer Katie Jane Garside described as "Kate Bush on crack", Queen Adreena have been hailed as one of the most exciting British bands in years. And Drink Me--its Lewis Carroll-inspired title promising strangeness and danger--is indeed a turbulent and thrilling affair. With Garside and guitarist Crispin Gray formerly collaborators in Daisy Chainsaw, you'd expect to hear pop of the most manic variety. But Drink Me steps far beyond the affected dementia of the likes of "Love Your Money".
It's really Garside who raises the stakes. Like a latter-day Nina Hagen, her voice slips between the lucid and the lost. "Kitty Collar Tight" sees her echo the rhythmic ranting of Mark E Smith. The closing "For I Am the Way" has her as clear and tiny as Stina Nordenstam, while during "Razorblade Sky" she's sexy-cute then suddenly mighty, like Catatonia's Cerys Matthews. And she freaks out--Man, does she freak out. Yet, whether or not Garside is wildly spiralling up or down, the band still back her with vigour and imagination. Sometimes content to simply provide pulsing rhythms or quietly bleak atmospherics, more often they kick up a filthy grunge-metal racket. High-minded and visceral, Drink Me is a disturbing joy. --Dominic Wills
Queen Adreena初心者の方はこの2ndが聴きやすいのではないでしょうか。Queen Adreenaの曲はノイジーなゴス・パンクが中心ですが、楽曲ひとつひとつの完成度も高く、キャッチーな曲がほとんどなので、初心者の方でも聴きやすいと思います。
Here's to another great Queen Adreena album, and in hopes that their best is still yet to come, along with a tour of the states for their loyal and loving fans that are dying to see them live and in person!!
I also like Queen Adreena because they make music like this. No one else does.
First of all, the singer is very talented. She's got a great voice and often writes very good lyrics. The drummer is also great. I was most impressed that they managed to get almost Steve Albini-like drums without Steve Albini. Unfortunately, the guitarist really ruins it a lot of the time, whether he's slipping into painful modern metalisms on the Evanescence-echoing "Kitty Collar Tight" and the flyleaf-like "Siamese Almedia" or bludgeoning you with a hideous, over-processed guitar sound (on almost everywhere it gets "heavy"). What is amazing about him is his ability to mimic heavy and hard without ever achieving it due to the album's production and the fact that his guitars are so processed they actually almost do sound like white noise, which is a description thrown around way too often. And no, I'm not afraid of distortion. Try listening to "Pretty on the Inside" by Hole to hear it done right.
The only song I really, really like is "For I am the Way" because somehow the hideous guitar either works with it, or the song is strong enough to ascend above it. Either way, it's a great song. The rest are mostly very good, but are brought down by the fact that the guitarist constantly strays way too close to radio metal territory. Too bad, because this band has a lot of potential.
Every song on this album is a work of finest art, from the four drum-beats setting off "Pretty Like Drugs" to the bitter-sweet calm at the end of "For I Am The Way," Katiejane carries the listener through her world with the most brutal honesty. Her view of drugs as escapism through to her weight-problems in "My Silent Undoing."
Katiejane pushes her voice past boundaries ever thought possible, very often wavering from near asthmatic little girl to roaring devil. This is the beauty of this band. Pained lyrics teamed with amazing vocals, not to mention killer riffs and sledge-hammer drum beats (provided by Pete Howard - formely of "The Clash"),Queenadreena are not to be overlooked.
Oh, and I realise there is bit of a delay in getting album three over to the States, but just you guys wait.
"The Butcher and the Butterfly," takes the band to another level...