The Sweetest Condition - We Defy Oblivion
What can I say about
The Sweetest Condition that has not been said several dozen
times before? Honestly, I am not sure. But what I can tell you
is this: Their latest album We Defy Oblivion is one of
the best albums to be unleashed upon humanity this year. In fact, I
have listened to it no fewer than thirteen times over the past three
There is something
about this album and this band that keeps me coming back to
them, time and time again. First of all, their musical style is such
a magnificently assembled chimera that at times it almost defies
indie belief. One would think that a vast sum of money and a legion
of corporate experts had worked upon every aspect of the album
-editing, writing, producing: the works. But in reality, Leslie and Jason, with assistance of a handful of industry
people, have created something that has more spit-and-polish than
thousands of other more popular albums and bands. It's
refreshing to see this level of skill and professionalism from
an alternative band.
On top of that,
Jason's skill as a musicians is astonishing, his command of
numerous instruments is wondrous to hear. And as for Leslie's
lyrics and singing style -both are practically orgasmic.
Now when it comes to
the songs themselves I can tell you that I am pretty much blown away.
Once again, the professionalism is exquisite. The chimera style is
breath taking; the genres combined work so well together on so
many levels. Songs such as 'Vices' and 'Keep Turning
Me On' are packed with enough driving guitar work to cause a
moshpit to erupt spontaneously on any Metal floor, Goth floor, or
even at a religious gathering. Okay, well maybe not that latter, but
if they moshed more they'd probably be better for it.
songs, like 'Nein Nein Nein' and 'Unforgiven' are such glorious electro monsters that they could easily dominate at
a NIN gig, a VAC concert, or any number of other
EBM/Industrial gatherings. There is a power to them that is both
dirty and clinically clean. It's astonishing to see the malanky hairs
standing erect on the first time listeners. It gives you a sense of
the “Welcome to the Real World, Neo” vibe. It's an eye and ear
opener. Simple as that.
I feel that many of
the songs from this album -and the others- will be dance-floor
fillers for years to come. I will be honest and say that I cannot
wait to see them live.
Defy Oblivion is a MUST HAVE album for any and all Alternative
music fans. Get your copy now.