Whitehouse ‎– Mummy And Daddy

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Susan Lawly ‎– SLCD020
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1 Philosophy Of The Wife-Beater 5:30
2 Worthless 1:44
3 A Cunt Like You 5:58
4 Daddo 12:17
5 Private
Producer – Steve Albini
20:13

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Fishbasket

February 19, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

If you're going to buy this album, it helps to accept that this is essentially a split between the band and Peter Sotos. If you came just for one or the other, half of this album is going to come off as padding. That being said, this is the best work that either of these artists have come up with, bar none, and together, they form one of the greatest CDs in the field of power electronics.

Whitehouse's half of the album sees the band in top form, merging the best tactics analogue and digital had to offer. From the opening ring of a distorted bitcrusher on "Philosophy of the Wife-Beater," Whitehouse let loose a harrowing, intense testament to their status as a six-armed, three-headed god of terror forged of nearly twenty years creation.

Special mention goes to "A Cunt Like You," a reworking of "Just Like A Cunt" that showcases growth both immediate and gradual. It shows how far the band had progressed markedly from the already impressive "Quality Time." It's harder-driving, more emotionally sincere, and far more urgent. Philip Best even gets a brief turn at the mic here, and you can practically feel the hatred behind every word he speaks.

Sotos' half of the album combines news stories, phone calls, interviews, and other recordings to form perhaps one of the most terrifying things he has ever recorded as a soloist. It's not music by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not supposed to be. After a few stock tales of deviants and nutjobs to set the mood, it launches head-on into the disturbing, with the third sample introducing the theme of the piece; the murder and abuse of children.

Like any good documentary, it is compelling and thought-provoking. Like any good horror, it evokes constant, mounting dread whilst simultaneously provoking curiosity as to what will happen next. While uncompromising in its execution, it deftly avoids heavy-handedness in favor of detailed exploration.

I have heard this album described as the culmination of the band's entire career, and I can safely say that such claims are not hyperbole. This is an absolute must, not just for Whitehouse fans, but for anybody interested in transgressive art.