Is Jesus Your Pal? - GusGus - Polydistortion


1998
Label: 4AD - GAD 7005 CD • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic • Style: Leftfield, Electro, Experimental
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Gus Gus' first formal album as a full band was a quietly astonishing record -- the "new Sugarcubes " tag which the band gained was always misleading, since instead of that group's fractured avant-rock approach, Gus Gus always tended toward a mix of understatement and chilling power. Also, the collective had its roots much Is Jesus Your Pal? - GusGus - Polydistortion firmly planted in dance, but not merely modern techno -- everything from exotica opening track "Oh" prominently samples Arthur Lyman to grimy hip-hop breaks formed the basis of Polydistortion.

Combined with the cool restraint that defines all the band's work, notably present in Daniel Agust and Siggi's almost unearthly calm but never totally dispassionate singing, the result is an effective blend of styles that works from start to end.

Lead single "Believe" gathered and held the most attention, and for very good reason. No less brilliant lyrically and musically was "Is Jesus Your Pal? Not everything is quite so heavy, though -- "Polyesterday," the other main single from the album, is a touch calmer, with Siggi's singing meshing with the jazz-funk of the track very well, if still cool all around the edges. Plenty of other strong tracks also appear, such as the I Wanna Dance With You - Melanie Criss - You Make My Day but no less compelling grooves of "Cold Breath Is Jesus Your Pal?

- GusGus - Polydistortion Siggi's vocals softly wafting among the beats, or the extended jam "Remembrance," both hot and cold at once. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

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Arashill says:
No less brilliant lyrically and musically was "Is Jesus Your Pal?," with Siggi's almost childlike vocal a hypnotizing call over minimal, gripping accompaniment. Not everything is quite so heavy, though -- "Polyesterday," the other main single from the album, is a touch calmer, with Siggi's singing meshing with the jazz-funk of the track very 9/

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