KMFDM

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KMFDM's greatest hits package is quite complete -- it includes "Juke Joint Jezebel," "Rip the System!," the Ministry-ish "A Drug Against War," "Light," "Don't Blow Your Top" and "Godlike-Doglike." KMFDM's songs have always spoken about the unspeakable (something Nine Inch Nails and Tool would take even further), and their music and lyrics feed off of each other to create an energetic-yet-squeamish, invigorating-but-uncomfortable sound. To really get an idea how they evolved, though, start with the last track (from their first album) and work forward: their political and social commentary, as well as their emotional intensity, hasn't changed, although their energy level increased in the '90s as industrial exploded. At first, the band sounds like an annoyed Depeche Mode, but KMFDM had created their trademark gritty-yet-accessible sound by Naïve. Never known for their subtlety (lyrically or musically), their aural assaults and mostly danceable rhythms make this compilation a great overview of a band that pushed the limits of industrial music and changed it for the better.

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