CD The Silent Treatment [Digipak] (CD 1300954),
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The Silent Treatment [Digipak]

  • 1. Toshiro Mifune
    2. Hobnail Paisley, The
    3. Morocco, El
    4. One Thousand Delights
    5. Chihuahua
    6. Coffinmakers Complaint
    7. Fat Hamlet
    8. Hottentot Venus, The
    9. Borehole
    10. Your Necklace
    11. Revelator
    12. Catastrophe, A
    13. Honey Drop
    14. Gateau D'Amour
    15. Van Diemen's Land
    16. Candlelight and Wisteria
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): luna 002cd

  • Credits
    ProducerMark D.
    EngineerChad Bamford

    Personnel: John Evans (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Joe Barresi.
    Recording information: Clearlake Audio, Burbank, CA (03/1998).
    Photographer: William West.
    The Melvins' alternative rock is definitely an acquired taste -- some people see them as courageous risk-takers, while others see them as merely self-indulgent. Similar reactions are likely to surround The Silent Treatment, the solo debut by former Melvins bassist Mark D. Some will exalt this 1998 recording as courageous experimentation; others will see much of it as eccentricity for the sake of eccentricity. And truth be told, The Silent Treatment is both of those things. That isn't to say that the album is a carbon copy of Mark D's work with the Melvins; The Silent Treatment has a weirdness of its own. A variety of influences assert themselves on this CD, which is far from predictable. One minute, he's hitting you with abrasive alternative metal sludge -- and the next minute, he will get into bizarre, odd, psychedelic and electronic sounds. Without question, The Silent Treatment is quite self-indulgent; parts of the album do sound like strangeness for its own sake. But more often than not, Mark D's experimentation pays off. Like a lot of avant-garde jazzmen -- Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton immediately come to mind -- the avant rocker comes up with enough interesting ideas for you to forgive his excesses. Nonetheless, The Silent Treatment isn't for everyone; this CD is strictly for adventurous, daring listeners. ~ Alex Henderson

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