Maldoror

She

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Some artists make music for other people, and some make music for themselves. Maldoror, a duo featuring Mike Patton and Masami Akita, fits into the latter category. These two notorious avant-garde noise experimentalists have joined forces on this debut album, She, to produce, well, avant-garde experimental noise. For a couple of "experimentalists," the result is disappointingly predictable. Patton may be the most versatile vocalist in the rock world, and Akita has produced top-notch soundscaping with Merzbow, but there's nothing on this album that hasn't been done better somewhere else. Besides a little extra background noise, "Cherry Blossom Inferno" could be any of the tracks on Patton's Adult Themes for Voice. The same holds true for "Homunculous." "Butterfly Kiss" sounds like the theme music to a cartoon. Not a terrible surprise, since one of Patton's other left-field side projects, Fantomas, does exactly the same thing. The talents of these two musicians would make them an interesting live act, but this recording is for hardcore Patton and Akita collectors only.

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