Pig

The Swining/Red Raw and Sore

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Few artists have done more to push the boundaries of industrial noise than Raymond Watts, aka Pig, who has wisely avoided becoming predictable during his solo career. Pig's ambitious nature is impossible to miss on this 1999 CD, which finds Cleopatra reissuing the KMFDM graduate's Alfa dates The Swining and Red, Raw and Sore on a single CD. This is primarily an industrial collection, but it's an industrial collection that finds the eclectic Pig incorporating everything from heavy metal, goth rock, and techno to jazz, blues, and Latin music. "Black Mambo" gives listeners a rare chance to hear industrial noise blended with Afro-Cuban elements, while "One Meatball" employs a fl├╝gelhorn player (Enrico Thomaso) and demonstrates that industrial elements are quite compatible with blues and jazz. One hears Pig taking a lot of chances on this CD, and they pay off handsomely.

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