La Decadence De La Decandence

Amanda Woodward

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La Decadence De La Decandence Review

by Stewart Mason

The most amusing thing about listening to Amanda Woodward's Decadence de la Decadence is that about halfway through the first song, you suddenly realize that the hoarse-throated screamer out front (a bloke mono-named Gerome, and not, unfortunately, Heather Locklear reprising her Melrose Place character in front of an emo band) is singing in French; the fact that his emo-by-the-numbers voice renders the lyrics so unintelligible that it's impossible to tell before that is Amanda Woodward's primary flaw. However, it's not a fatal one, particularly because musically, Amanda Woodward delivers. On their third release, as on the album and 10" EP that preceded it, Amanda Woodward show that, unlike a lot of bands who claim Fugazi as a primary influence, they remember that what made Ian MacKaye and friends special was their willingness to experiment and add non-"punk" elements to their music. Therefore, the dub-influenced bass and metallic guitar riffs of "Dans le Cas Ou les Flammes" and the churning, hypnotic chord progression that underpins "Le Temps du Deuil" should be viewed as advances for the form, not evidence of a sellout from wounded emo purists.

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