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6 out of 10
For some people pretty things are just too easy, aesthetically or in this case aurally pleasing isn’t enough of a challenge. In the same way there are people who would rather watch Irreversible than Happy Feet.
The film analogy is a good place to start with Miss Autopsy’s forth album ’Caterpillar’ each twisted little tale seems to have been swiped from a soundtrack.
The blues infused bedroom folk tosses and turns leaving you ever so slightly uncomfortable in your skin like waking up from a bad dream. I get the feeling this is the desired effect. Beautiful in the way a dead butterfly pinned to a piece of card is, Steve Beyerlink pins down each character and watches it squirm throughout the song. Even instrumental track ’Dove or Vulture’ feels like it has a story to tell.
Musically this isn’t that much different to the scores of American Gothic song writers out there, but the atmosphere, more shadowy than sepia tinged makes it, in the best way possible is somehow a shade less accessible.
Despite this in places it feels like it’s trying a little too hard to make the listener squirm, to be inaccessible and experimental. This many albums in I would expect something a lot more confident in its style.
Title track Caterpillar has such a strong sense of place & feeling it’s disappointing the rest of the album doesn’t quite follow through.
2. Dove or Vulture
3. That Fighting Spirit
5. Dead Loner Blues,
6. I always Dream Of
7. El Paso
8. The Wildlife Refuge
9. Over The River