The Controlled Bleeding
is yet another act on the Tone Casualties label that
makes dark, cold and dreary ambient experimental electronic music. And,
as usual, I just donít see the appeal in such music.
The music contained on this CD actually gets under my skin and annoys
me. I find it really difficult to listen to and rather irritating. Thereís
no structure, rhythms, beats, vocals, or any signs whatsoever of being
songs. Thereís just weird minimalist experimental sounds and samples
over haunting melodies.
The fact that the majority of these tracks play for five minutes or
longer really surprises me since they're so incredibly repetitive. After
a minute of hearing just one of these tracks I was ready to throw myself
out a window. Listening to this entire recording from start to finish
in order to write this review was not an easy task. It was an unpleasant
experience that made me cringe all the way through like hearing fingernails
scraping against a chalkboard.
The only song here that didnít drive me to pure insanity was track eleven
"Here Comes The Warm Jets" which is a cover of a Brian Eno
song. Itís a fast paced electro rock instrumental that is really out
of place on this CD. But it was a relief to hear this track as everything
before it put me in a coma. Thankfully, it brought me out of the coma,
and gave me enough revived energy to endure the remaining four songs.
All joking aside, this really was a difficult album for me to sit through from beginning to end. While Iím sure that there are people out there who will find this dark minimalist experimental ambient music appealing, I personally canít recommend it.