Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Narcotic Story by Oxbow
The Narcotic Story by Oxbow has to be one of the strangest things your ears will come in contact to in your entire life. Their style is something you won't ever see by anyone else. Why? Because nobody makes sick vocals like Eugene Robinson. The vocals are part of the noise in these tracks and are like an instrument. His voice almost sounds like someone groaning while taking a dump, crying in a corner, speaking nonsense in a stray jacket and it's fucking awesome.
"The Geometry Of Business" has the same creepy chords going through the whole song as Robinson moans and says things like, "Agabungada!" The piano also helps give it that eerie effect.
"Down A Stair Backward" at first sounds like some crazy noise rock chant, but has a very light part in it with a symphonic sound. Tracks like "Frankly Frank" and "Franks Frolic" have the same type of off centered guitar style and funny voice grumblings.
But you can tell that this band isn't focused on noise rock as there genre in the song, "She's A Find." This jazzy, slow, and dark song fits up to the albums title. Robinson's vocals are one part of the piece that show he does know how to sing, but also the instruments together give it a very tragic sound. Possibly the track on the album I would call the must listen. It's experimental and hard for interpretation.
"A Winner Every Time" is just fucking insane. Robinson talking about dropping his car keys and yelling fuck through every part of the song; it just doesn't get any better then that.
The ending track, "It's The Giving, Not The Taking" puts you back into the brain of Oxbow - The chaotic hell of crack smoking noise and slow jazz in one. This is a must recommend album for anyone who's been looking for something weird and/or anyone who wants a new taste of music they'll never see from anyone.