This record really rocks - and you'll be nodding your head by the time the
first track finishes.
Founder Lacey Conner is a
striking woman with an
otherworldly voice and in large measure, Guide To Extinction is defined
by her vocals. Sometimes they're an elegant soprano sung lightly
over simple distorted rhythm. But many tracks feature an odd
Exorcist-meets-Shirley Temple vibe, with the occasional infusion of Kate Bush.
In a single stanza Conner can go through a dizzying array of voices that will
keep you spinning this CD to try to figure it out.
With 13 tracks in 51 minutes, with the longest being just over 5 minutes,
this is a radio-friendly body of work that could easily garner airtime courtesy
of that unusual singing. And with titles like "They'll Never Find Your Body","Cocaine Sex" and "Dead Man", you'd think it was death or at least black
metal. Not so. There's a lot of electronica, making it almost
progressive in parts. There are crunchy minor-chord guitar riffs and a
heavy bottom end, making it almost metal. Yet there's an intense industrial vein
that works its way through this music as well. It is relatively
straightforward music with occasional voiceovers and other effects to drive home
the point of each song.
The lyrics, nicely printed in the CD's insert are thoughtful in some songs, a little pointless in others. The
insert also makes the point that the CD is dedicated to Lacey's mom who sadly
passed away in December 2004.
Conner and Guitarist / programmer Chris Telkes were a couple for eight and a
half years. But now ... let's just say that as listeners, we are the
beneficiaries of the tension that must have existed in the studio and is clearly
apparent in many passages.
1 Shallow (3:47)
2 I Lie (3:51)
3 Alibi (3:24)
4 Passion (3:49)
5 Walk Away (5:19)
6 Indulge (3:19)
7 Class War (4:04)
8 Nothing (4:01)
9 Dirty Sanchez (2:56)
10 No Way Out (4:22)
11 Dead Man (4:33)
12 Cocaine Sex (4:51)
13 They'll Never Find Your Body (2:57)