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Today is the Day: No Good to Anyone

I haven’t listened to Today as the Day as much as others have and so I won’t compare this album to the band’s earlier releases. For those, like me, who aren’t familiar with the band, they are probably best known for their influential and eclectic sound. Even though the band has a long list of former members, including members of Mastodon, the band is primarily associated with Steve Austin, the sole remaining member.

To put it simply, there’s nothing safe about Today is the Day. The music is sometimes subtle and sometimes overwhelming. Songs like “No Good to Anyone” sneak up on you, while “Burn in Hell” just wants to blow your head off, especially as it moves towards its concluding moments. And then there are tracks like “Orland,” which offer nothing other than a few seconds of “Clair de Lune.” I assume “Orland” sets up the “Cocobolo,” but I need to think about the connection to Debussy a little more. Maybe it was a necessary moment of calm before the powerful and wild “Cocobolo, a song about addiction, madness, and desperation.

One of the best things about this album is that it is never predictable. Even the most straight-ahead openings lead listeners into strange and uncertain spaces. To sample the album’s strengths, I’d suggest listening to “No Good to Anyone,” “Attacked by an Angel,” “Burn in Hell” and “Cocobolo.” I also liked “Born in Blood” even though this album tends to wear me out before I get there.

I suspect long-term fans of Today is the Day will like knowing that Austin is still putting out music that is heavy, intense, and unpredictable. The album will likely also appeal to fans of heavy, eclectic, noisy, and desperate music. I liked it well enough and I’m curious to go back and see what else Austin and company have done.

Track Listing:
1. No Good to Anyone
2. Attacked by an Angel
3. Son of Man
4. Burn in Hell
5. You’re All Gonna Die
6. Orland
7. Cocobolo
8. Agate
9. Callie
10. OJ Kush
11. Mercy
12. Born in Blood
13. Mexico
14. Rockets and Dreams

Added: May 2nd 2020
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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