The Bad Cassettes

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AllMusic Review by Jason MacNeil

Saturated with bleeps, blips, and a symphony of instruments and sounds, brainchild Sean Murphy attempts to reinvent the electronic wheel, and does a more than capable job at it. From the opening "In the Future," which has all the markings of the Avalanches minus the hip-hop backbeat, the group leaves nothing to waste. "Black Mood for a Bright Day" contains the same traits, but is a bit more new wave sounding. "She Is the Queen of My Mind" is more pop-friendly, with Murphy moving through a stream of consciousness in the vein of a futuristic Lou Reed. The album can be a bit disconcerting, as "I Wait for You to Come" has some strong grooves to it, but they are lost in a series of samples and sounds apparently spliced together. Murphy's voice comes across like a blend of Van Morrison and Laptop on "Empty Shell," but it's not used as often as one might like. A James Brown cover of "I Don't Mind" is a strong song without the various layers and textures. "She IS FAST" contains some synth pop ideas, but it's almost bypassed among a series of short, aimless snippets. Murphy manages an occasional lush instrumental, such as "Sparkle" and the closing "Melancholy in the Studio," perhaps the strongest track here.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Bad Cassettes 04:06 Amazon
2 The Bad Cassettes 01:58 Amazon
3 The Bad Cassettes 01:01 Amazon
4 The Bad Cassettes 02:31 Amazon
5 The Bad Cassettes 03:07 Amazon
6 The Bad Cassettes 02:34 Amazon
7 The Bad Cassettes 00:33 Amazon
8 The Bad Cassettes 01:51 Amazon
9 The Bad Cassettes 02:25 Amazon
10 The Bad Cassettes 01:36 Amazon
11 The Bad Cassettes 02:17 Amazon
12 The Bad Cassettes 01:25 Amazon
13 The Bad Cassettes 00:33 Amazon
14 The Bad Cassettes 00:39 Amazon
15 The Bad Cassettes 03:31 Amazon
16 The Bad Cassettes 02:17 Amazon
17 The Bad Cassettes 01:05 Amazon
18 The Bad Cassettes 02:48 Amazon
19 The Bad Cassettes 01:38 Amazon
20 The Bad Cassettes 00:05 Amazon
21 The Bad Cassettes 00:45 Amazon
22 The Bad Cassettes 02:32 Amazon
23 The Bad Cassettes 04:30 Amazon
24 The Bad Cassettes 00:33 Amazon
25 The Bad Cassettes 03:42 Amazon
26 The Bad Cassettes 02:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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The Bad Cassettes 02:49
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