- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- ASIN: B000002HEG
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
There really are some great songs included on this CD. Don't Start Me on the Liquor is a typically fun Violent Femmes opening number. New Times, Breakin' Up, and 4 Seasons have a modernized yet vintage Femmes sound to them. I'm Nothin' is spectacular, foregoing everything except Gano's voice and guitar in its presentation. When Everybody's Happy reminds me to some degree of Good Feelings from the band's first album; of course, there is a melancholy aspect to this "happy" song on Gano's part. The final three tracks are the best on the album, in my opinion. I especially love Mirror Mirror (I See a Damsel), which evokes a pretty tender message, at least the way I understand it, while really putting the band through the paces. There is both a folk music and polka feel to this one, and the energy and tempo of the song steadily increases as the track speeds its way along toward a frenetic release. Jesus of Rio seems to feature at least three entirely different styles of music and rhythm, making it a quite memorable way in which to conclude this unusual yet somehow compelling album.
"Machine" is truly one of the most hilarious songs I've ever heard. It has really bad drum machine and synth sounds that are accented by Gordon's deadpan delivery (he actually just speaks rather than singing) of the following lyrics: "I got a machine and I took over the world in one weekend. I did it because I was looking for a project, and it was either take over the world or learn French. So I took over the world. And next weekend, I can learn French." The lyrics are repeated over and over and pretty soon there's a robot voice chiming in and saying them too. It just has to be heard to be believed. We always knew the Femmes had a great sense of humor, but this cracks me up more than anything.
Oftentimes coupled with the CD single "Machine", New Times is a Violent Femmes album offering a more industrial approach to folk punk rock. Read more
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