Lungs [EP] Review

artist: Big Black date: 06/08/2015 category: compact discs
Big Black: Lungs [EP]
Released: 1982
Genre: Noise Rock, Post-Punk
Label: Ruthless Records
Number Of Tracks: 6
The first Big Black EP, also Steve Albini's first solo EP. Beginning with "Lungs," you can really follow Steve Albini's development as a musician.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 6
 Overall Impression: 8
 Overall rating:
 7 
 Reviewer rating:
 7 
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 7 
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overall: 7
Lungs [EP] Reviewed by: gansbergermar, on june 08, 2015
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Sound: The first Big Black EP, also Steve Albini's first solo EP. Recorded in his flat over some 4-track recorder, its sound is quite thin. The Roland TR-606 delivers kinda... trancelike beats (one per song) and Albini's bass and guitar playing is an advanced form of minimalistic but still really fits every song on the EP. The bass sound is even thinnier than the one on "Ozma" ;) A really unique guitar sound can be found on "Dead Billy," where also a really minimalistic synth line is played. In things of singing, it's more like talking on this EP. Take, for example, "Steelworker." He's just talking but with some kind of... inner aggression that makes it unique. // 7

Lyrics: Lyricalwise, it's classic Big Black kind. Take some really REALLY dark scenario and write a song about it. They really fit in the sound of Lungs, making the songs kinda scary with only thin sounding instruments and a "narrator" who tells dark stories or criticizes things. "Dead Billy" for example is about the fascination for war in the USA, especially referring to the Vietnam war ("Napalm butt" and the last line "No Viet"). "Steelworker" could be about a angry man who is fed up with "the hatred and the lies" and takes the law in his own hands. // 6

Overall Impression: Overall, I think, despite the thin sound, it's a really good record. Beginning with "Lungs," you can really follow Steve Albini's development as a musician, reaching its peaks at "Songs About F--king," "Two Nuns and a Pack Mule" and "Dude Incredible" (at least in my opinion). My favourite songs from "Lungs" are "Steelworker" and "RIP." "Steelworker," because it shows what you can make outta two tones and "RIP," because it... rips (sorry for that pun) live (watch the concert in Bremen 1986 for example) and is just a really cool song. If it was stolen, I definitely would rebuy it! // 8


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