Meira Asher

Spears into Hooks

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Asher's confrontational music, a tempest of emotions fueled by radical feminism and political indignation, has made the spoken-word artist a pariah in her native Israel. SPEARS INTO HOOKS, recorded in the shadow of war while under self-imposed exile in Slovenia, is even more unflinching than 1997's DISSECTED. Distance from disapproval has empowered the already fearless Asher. With multilingual confidence, aggressive eloquence, and savage intellect, she rebukes the militant policies of the Israeli army.

Her musical support ranges from lashings of electronic fury and corrugated-metal breakbeats to mix-master Paul Kendall's pervasively unsettled atmospheres and the cordial brass arrangements of Macedonia's Kotani Orkestar. SPEARS is an extremely difficult album and not an experience to be taken lightly. Asher's righteously vitriolic tirades and unvarnished post-modern ruminations upon the hot-button issue of Israeli/Palestinian relations bear the shared weight of history with incisive literary and Biblical allusions and with provocative samples. Her remarkable gift is the ability to relate her controversial POV to the wider scope of human experience. Asher may be an angry woman, but she's so much more than a feminist firebrand. While you may not always agree with her, she can not be ignored.

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