Thursday, February 2, 2012

Die Antwoord - Tension

Label: Downtown / Coop   Release date: 07 Feb, 2012 Die Antwoord - Tension

Die Antwoord would possibly be better suited to musical theatre. Divorced of their visual aesthetic or even their press texts they fall painfully flat. The production on their new record Tension, while serviceable is anything but imaginative or progressive and this is a shame because neither Ninja nor Yo-Landi Vi$$er are truly engaging vocalists. There are no hooks and certainly no discernable melodies that you would ever dream of whistling in idle time. Die Antwoord describe themselves as a “futuristic rap-rave crew”… and indeed they would be the future if this was 2006. In the post-Vice culture of 2012 there isn’t really a place for this kind of thing; an unpleasant marriage of exhibitionistic need for attention and a capitalist’s bare-fanged ambition yet devoid of any traditional sense of discipline and craft usually required to achieve the fame they so deeply desire. “I Fink U Freeky” actually somehow manages to channel Lords of Acid’s Mortal Kombat theme, is this intentional? Is it part of the joke? Quite possibly, but to genuinely break the rules, one has to know them first and what’s on display here is either painfully novice or unbearably cynical. Either way you cut it, you lose.

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