Iodine

Maximum Joy

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The appealing moments on Maximum Joy can easily be counted on one hand. The remainder -- the vast majority of the album -- falls into the sort of sub-grunge slop that burgeoned so unfortunately in the early '90s -- gnarled and sludgy guitars dominate the mix, plodding through uninspired and largely inane compositions. The inanity only increases -- to absurd levels -- when one considers lyrics like the following: "Skinny motherf*cker/I'll squeeze your little head/Skinny motherf*cker/I'm gonna squeeze it till you're dead." All of which makes for an offensively bad release.

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