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Decadence [Head Automatica]

  • 1. At the Speed of a Yellow Bullet
    2. Brooklyn Is Burning
    3. Beating Heart Baby
    4. Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)
    5. King Caesar
    6. Razor, The
    7. Dance Party Plus
    8. Disco Hades II
    9. Solid Gold Telephone
    10. Head Automatica Soundsystem
    11. I Shot William H. Macy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48631

  • Credits
    ProducerDan The Automator; Howard Benson; Dan The Automator; Howard Benson; Craig Aaronson
    EngineerMike Plotnikoff

    Head Automatica: Daryl Palumbo, Larry Gorman, The Bastard Prince, Jarvis Morgan Holden, Craig Bonich, Jim Greer.
    Personnel: Tim Armstrong (vocals, background vocals); Dan the Automator (programming).
    Additional personnel: Dan the Automator.
    Audio Mixers: Dan the Automator; Howard Benson; Dave Sardy; Rich Costy.
    Photographer: Xevi Muntane.
    Although Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo could have stuck to his nu-metal guns while teaming up with dance/electronica producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, the vocalist uses DECADENCE as a conduit for Rapture-worthy grooves with a rock & roll swagger. Among the more booty-shaking Head Automatica creations are the Primal Scream-like "Brooklyn Is Burning," with its mix of big beats and pumped-up riffage, and "Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)," a bass-driven rant with illicit imagery and swirling synths. A garage-rock vibe infuses this project, and is most apparent on the organ-driven rave-ups "At the Speed of a Yellow Bullet" and "Dance Party Plus." The biggest change hardcore fans will encounter is Palumbo taking a crack at singing, rather than the howling he's best known for as part of his regular Glassjaw gig. His phrasing recalls an Americanized version of the Cure's Robert Smith, particularly on the militaristic shuffle "King Caesar." Throughout the album, this Long Island native is ably aided by Nakamura's sonic tinkerings, most notably on the Middle Eastern-tinged "Head Automatica Soundsystem."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.143) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Its retrofunky grooves are slinky, sexy and very now."
    Alternative Press (p.138) - 4 out of 5 - "Head Automatica keeps Palumbo's heart, but adds hooks aplenty, in the form of funky, forward-looking rock 'n' roll..."
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