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Otto's Daughter: Renew

Dubbed industrial popcore, Otto's Daughter take the melodic aspects of genres not typically known for their melodies -- industrial, hardcore and electronica -- and add a touch of gothic and heavy metal. The result is Renew. Mixed by Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Shadow Gallery, Cannibal Corpse), it's a noisy and chaotic album that you've got to be in the mood to hear.

Led by charismatic and exotic European singer Jacqueline van Bierk and California drummer HH Gadget, Otto's Daughter make music that is at once eerie, seductive and just plain nasty. To get an idea of what this bizarre quintet is all about, consider that there's a cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" here. Then listen to "Showgirl," which sounds like Garbage meets No Doubt by way of Veruca Salt and Rob Zombie: "I'm a lesbian, I'm a virgin/I'll be anything u want/Naughty/Filthy/Dirty/Violent daddy/I want to fuck you too/I think you're overdue/Why don't you take your cash and shove it up yours/In you I smell decay/Because the things you say."

At 64 minutes, Renew tends to get old. But spin this loud on Halloween night, and you'll have the trick-or-treaters scampering for the neighbors' doorsteps, leaving you alone to listen to this album and fulfill your own sick fantasies. Trick or treat, indeed.

Added: October 16th 2002
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Otto's Daughter Web Site
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Language: english

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Otto's Daughter: Renew
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-10-29 15:30:42
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Renew gets old? Oh I don't think so....

This cd quickly became one of my all-time favorites. It's got something for everyone - including angry guitar-driven "Wish" and "Renew", sad and melodic "Hail", the haunting dark sound of "Digital Black", sexy upbeat "Showgirl" (which is SO MUCH FUN LIVE!), and the very inspirational and uplifting "B".

There is so much going on in each song - this album is a beautifully put together piece that blends a perfect mixture of guitar, drums, electronics, and of course Jacqueline Van Bierk's gorgeous german voice.

Otto's Daughter has done it again - this band never ceases to amaze me. Rock on! - Kristy, La.

Otto's Daughter: Renew
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-10-29 13:35:56
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hmmm. I love this album. I think it's more NIN meets No Doubt, meets Garbage. My favorite song is "wish". Btw, the cover of Depeche Mode is a MUST HEAR. Great job OD;)-Sarah

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