Orchestra with Lydia Lunch
Exit To Brooklyn)
Concept album alert: Thirlwell and Lunch turn their attention to the
Farragut Housing Projects underneith the Brooklyn Bridge  and have a
good old wallow in other people's misery. [Actually, Lunch used to live
there, and Thirlwell still does - Ed]  Musically, the five
lengthy pieces run from Bernard Hermann-styled melodrama to grinding guitar
thrash. Alone, the music veers towards the predictable tedium of
self-obsessed artcore; with the addition of Lydia Lunch's ranting voice
(and gutteral contributions from Thirlwell) it becomes as boring as the
endless litany of misery it so obviously relishes in describing.
Examples: "The smell of sour milk and junkies mingles with the smell
of death"; "I keep lacerating myself with memories and the
demented visions of some woebegotten messenger of the Lord."
By the end, on "Arschficken" (that's 'buttfuck', in American), Thirlwell
has reverted to more familiar Foetus mode as he grunts "Gonna take
a trip up the Hershey highway." The evidence suggests that
the highway in question is his very own.
The Wire, Issue # 164
(October 1997), by Tom Ridge.
 The Farragut Housing Projects exist near the Manhattan Bridge,
not the Brooklyn Bridge.
 Neither Lunch nor Thirlwell lived in the Farragut Housing Projects;
rather across the street from it.
17 Nov '97.