CD Oh! Things Are So Corruptible [Digipak] (CD 1187833),
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Oh! Things Are So Corruptible [Digipak]

  • 1. Architect, An
    2. Imperial Catechism
    3. My Own Delight
    4. Seclusion
    5. Great Disorder, The
    6. Half Awake
    7. No Coward
    8. Time Is Lazy
    9. Exhausted
    10. Sailor, The
    11. Down To The Cellar
    12. Early Recollections
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EOM 031

  • Credits
    ProducerOriente Bancal

    We Insist!: Etienne Gaillochet (vocals, drums); Julien Divisia (guitar, background vocals); Eric Martin (guitar); Julien Allanic (piano); Cyrille Mechin, Francois Wong.
    That the 21st century seems to be the time for French bands to start making larger marks on the musical world in general maybe speaks to a question of persistence -- heaven knows how many scenes built up over time have now exploded one way or another, from techno to metal and back. We Insist!, on their third album, make their own claim for space, though Oh! Things Are So Corruptible is a bit of a balance between clearly beloved roots and their own identity. The contrast can best be heard between the music and the singing -- if We Insist! clearly have a jones for a variety of under the radar bands from the early to late '90s, especially Girls Against Boys in their strutting, slashing vein, then Etienne Gaillochet's singing adds a compelling smoothness without sounding oily, heard to good effect on songs like "Seclusion" and "An Architect." The band's horn section, though, might be the secret weapon, adding both shade and sometimes brawling energy throughout the disc. Other fine touches include the gentle keyboard fade mixed with the drum buildup on "Imperial Catechism" and the lower key "The Great Disorder," and the whole is an enjoyable listen for a sound that's already seeming a touch distant, but can still pack a punch. ~ Ned Raggett

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