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The Redneck Manifesto: I Am Brazil

The Redneck Manifesto hails from where else, why Ireland of course, that much should be obvious. Ok all joking aside, but what this 5 piece band conjures up sound wise on their 3rd release, the all instrumental, I Am Brazil makes for a truly magical listening experience. The band was formed from the remains of 4 other hardcore bands from Dublin back in 1998, although I wasn't aware of the bands 2 previous albums, I did find this fact to be of some interest, primarily because a lot of the music on I Am Brazil doesn't necessarily have a big hardcore edge. There are tracks which do lean in that direction, such as the two and a half minute assault of "Break Your Fingers Laughing", but overall the whole CD feels like a lesson in guitar orientated, atmospheric restraint. You get the feeling that the band could cut loose at anytime as the songs seem to build and rise in tension, but then just when you figure all hell is about to break loose, they pull things nicely back into place almost as if it was a deliberate ploy on their part to throw the listener off. It's all good, it works and it's effective and efficient music management. I found there was a bit of an indie, Tortoise vibe running through more than half of the disc and some of the tracks do contain a small amount of electronic instrumentation which adds just the right amount of color to the songs. The production is crisp and clear as they managed to capture everything down on tape in just a scant 4 days, so while the band is tight, the vibe is loose throughout and the guitar work is pushed right up front in the mix. As far as all instrumental CD's go in this musical genre, it rarely gets better than this. The Redneck Manifesto, in a perfect world should be playing to bigger audiences and hopfully this CD will give them the push needed to take it to the next level. If they don't it wont be because of the music on I Am Brazil, because this is one disc which should find a permanent home in your CD player.

Track Listing
1) I Am Brazil
2) Take On Us
3) We Still Got It
4) Another Day Of Hunting
5) Hibernation Statement
6) Break Your Fingers Laughing
7) I Have Not Make It
8) Who Knows?
9) Bring Your Own Blood
10) Paint The Dikbloc Pink
11) Good With Tempos

Added: December 14th 2005
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Official Website
Hits: 2596
Language: english

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