Violent Passion Surrogate

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Depending on your perspective, Violent Passion Surrogate is either incredibly inspired or an exercise in noise for the sake of noise. Croatan's alternative rock is definitely noisy, but it isn't mindlessly noisy -- it's music that lead singer/guitarist Jenny brings a lot of conviction to, as well as a lot of angst. The duo's songs are dissonant, abrasive, intense and forceful, and Jenny's screaming, tortured vocals bring them to life in a most vivid way. At times, Jenny is a little too self-indulgent, but she brings so much conviction to her outbursts that you can forgive her that shortcoming. Think of Lydia Lunch at her most searing, and you'll have some idea of where Jenny is coming from. Obviously, music this off-center isn't for everyone, but those who are daring enough to go along for the ride will find that Violent Passion Surrogate has a lot going for it.

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