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The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast

  • 1. Roses and Teeth For Ludwig Wittgenstein
    2. Steam and Sequins For Larry Levan
    3. Tract For Valerie Solanas
    4. Public Sex For Boyd McDonald
    5. Semen Song For James Bidgood
    6. Snails and Lasers For Patricia Highsmith
    7. Germs Burn For Darby Crash
    8. Solo Buttons For Joe Meek
    9. Rag For William S. Burroughs
    10. Banquet For King Ludwig II of Bavaria
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10677

  • Credits

    A restless, conceptual cut-and-paste experimentalism drives the electronica outfit Matmos, and nowhere in the group's discography is this more apparent than on 2006's THE ROSE HAS TEETH IN THE MOUTH OF A BEAST. A sprawling sonic collage that celebrates well-known gay and lesbian figures (Larry Levan, Valerie Solanas, and William Burroughs, among them), ROSE is a fractured, elliptical journey that explores history and sexual identity while falling somewhere between IDM and avant-garde performance art. Guest appearances from Maja Ratkje, Bjork, and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) add heft to this already complex and alluring effort.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.117) - "3 stars out of 5 -- "Not unlike a digital version of The Residents, their cut-ups take in found sounds, random electronics and New York house beats..."
    Alternative Press (p.208) - "THE ROSE abounds with bizarre stylistic amalgams that shouldn't work, but cast riveting spells....Still unique after all these years."
    The Wire (p.52) - "[With] elegant thrashing and neatly sequenced clicking....This is a remarkably rich and complex achievement."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Snails crawling across Theremins; appearances from Bjork and Antony: the sixth album from experimental duo Matmos is certainly headline-friendly....A record sensational only in the best ways."
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