CD New Sacred Cow (CD 973697),
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New Sacred Cow

  • 1. Within Earshot / Freetime
    2. Man Fading
    3. Sunday After You
    4. Vexed and Glorious
    5. Better Control, A
    6. Red Man
    7. Hell Bent
    8. Yeneh Ababa (Rose)
    9. War in Me
    10. New Sacred Cow
    11. I'm Gone
    12. Siren
    13. Love/Hate Sensation
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86959

  • Credits
    ProducerKenna; Chase Chad

    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Personnel: Kenna (vocals, keyboards); Chad Hugo (saxophone, keyboards, programming); Ethan Johns, Otto Price (bass).
    Recorded at Giant Plumb Studios and The Volvo Room, Malibu, California; Windmark Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia; The Castle Recording, Franklin, Tennessee.
    Even if you don't like Fred Durst's taste in music, you've gotta give the man credit: as an A&R man/label owner, the guy zigs just when you expect him to zag. Granted, his label's debut release, the ultra-experimental rock of Bigdumbface, made perfect sense, seeing as how it featured his Limp Bizkit bandmate Wes Borland. And maybe you could write off the second Flawless album, Puddle of Mudd, as just another attempt to cash in on the nu-metal craze. But how do you explain this curiously oddball release? Produced by Chase Chad, one half of the hit-making rap production team the Neptunes, New Sacred Cow is a bizarre mixture of new wave, synth pop, and hip-hop. Songs like "Freetime" sound strangely like a Duran Duran for the 21st century, with its dreamy harmonized vocals and gurgling synths, while "Man Fading" sounds like a cut from George Michael's Faith as produced by Timbaland. Other tracks, like "Vexed and Glorious," don't have quite the same kitschy retro-futuristic appeal, just narrowly avoiding a Backstreet Boys-like sense of cheeziness thanks to a sharp, off-kilter beat. This is the sort of maddeningly infectious pop album that worms its way into your subconscious. ~ Bret Love

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (8/22-29/03, p.130) - "...COW recalls nothing so much as early-'80s British synth-pop after a postmillennial makeover. That's actually a good thing..." - Rating: B+
    Uncut (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "His is an attractively neurotic voice - almost Elliott Smith-like - and Chad Hugo's subtly adventurous production techniques soundtrack his anxious outlook effectively."
    CMJ (6/30/03, p.6) - "...An astounding amalgamation of genres and influences that span decades, NSC pays homage to the burgeoning urban lilt of the '70s, the synthpop of the '80s and the arena rock of the early-'90s, all while maintaining a decidedly futuristic and original sound..."
    Vibe (7/03, p.151) - 4 out of 5 - "...[A] beautifully crafted debut....It's a bold style for both Kenna and the Neptunes..."
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