of Foetus' York, 02 Nov 1998
Foetus Symphony Orchestra: York
Jim Thirlwell returns after his less than triumphant jaunt for Sony Records
with a brand new album and yet another project moniker. This time he has
chosen the record under the name Foetus Symphony Orchestra which certainly
explains the large number of classical instruments used on the album. "York"
is a project that is intended as a travelogue by composed by Jim Thirlwell
& Lydia Lunch of their experiences while living in the Farragut Housing
complex under the Manhattan Bridge overpass. The entire album, consists
of pre-composed themes and concepts that were performed as a live improvisation
inside the Brooklyn Anchorage venue located inside one of the pillars of
the Brooklyn Bridge. Musically the album is a mixture of spoken word, improvised
atmosphere and an overall feeling of paranoia about the authors past experiences
in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York City. Die-hard fans, or anyone
who has enjoyed previous collaborations between Mr. Thirlwell & Lydia
Lunch, will definitely want to acquire this album for themselves. Anyone
else who has enjoyed some of the coarser Foetus material is warned to stay
away because this album is quite unlike any other Foetus related release
with perhaps the possible exception of Steroids Maximus.
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