Celebration: The Modern Tribe

By: Dennis Cook

This trundles to life with a roller rink organ being pushed into a black hole, the notes stretched and pulled by strong gravity while Katrina Ford's wild, cooing voice woos us towards the "sundown dance of a forest romance." Like a more bucolic Siouxsie and the Banshees, Celebration offer up percussive strangeness with a tenacious, poundingly energetic stranglehold. The Modern Tribe (4AD) moves like groovy tectonic plates in flux, the ground shifting and kicking up sharp bits and warm vapors. This sophomore effort builds considerably on their debut, helped along a great deal by producer David Sitek of TV On The Radio, who brings in bandmates Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone to help create a shifting soundscape that's a worthy neighbor to Cookie Mountain. A sense of hungry imagination infuses every slippery passage, which results in a "pop album" that borrows more than a little mojo from outsiders like Meredith Monk and Steve Reich. They just have the good trickster sense to slap a pair of skates on those iconoclasts.

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[Published on: 12/7/07]

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this is an extremely vague description of an album.

what is the freaking secret formula anyway?

descriptively vague adjectives? this review tells the reader virtually nothing about this release..

tourfan Sun 12/9/2007 02:53PM
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With all the comments that came in regarding the Lotus live CD review, about the length of time between the release of the CD and when the review actually came out, as well as how undescriptive that short review was, and also the lack of comments on other reviews such as this one right here, .... Does anybody else think both the site and the readership would be better served to concentrate on more complete reviews of what the readership actually wants to hear/see reviewed? Sorry DC, just had to stir the debate a bit.

manjotar starstar Mon 12/10/2007 03:32PM
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yeah this tells me nothing,

same with their website...

snappy Tue 12/11/2007 09:04AM
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