Ben Stiller reprises his role as a former model in a throwaway but amusing sequel
Back in the early-'90s, US duo [a]Consolidated[/a] helped forge a new strain of political rock; a fiercely intelligent, potently PC creature that strode purposefully through a molten soundscape of ra
But time has not been kind to Consolidated's Adam Sherburne and Mark Pistel. For, eight years after the seminal 'Friendly Fascism', 'Tikkun' finds them still grappling with the same political and personal bugbears, their agenda as uncompromising and - unfortunately - familiar as ever.
) may have had grunged-up youths stomping their Doc Martens in approbation, such rabble-rousing now seems merely gauche. Similarly, the bulk of 'Tikkun''s musical components appear forever pickled in 1992-scented aspic. Thus, 'Subtext' is an arbitrary rage against the washing machine rant, 'Ventana' is essentially Faith No More's 'Epic', and ballad 'Impermanence' is, hideously, Sting with daft, hip-hop bells on.
And though there's no doubting Consolidated's sincerity (the album - titled after the Hebrew word for 'heal' - was inspired by the work of the Men's Rape Prevention Project) any genuine impact is dulled by over-complex theorising and hectoring soundbites.
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A defiantly bangerless take-me-seriously-as-an-artist album that reveals new charms every time you spin it