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Freak magnet
Violent Femmes (Musical group)
Publication Information:
New York : Beyond Music : distributed by BMG Music, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (44:49 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Most songs written by Gordon Gano.

Lyrics included in booklet.
Hollywood is high -- Freak magnet -- Sleepwalkin' -- All I want -- New generation -- In the dark -- Rejoice and be happy -- Mosh pit -- Forbidden -- When you died -- At your feet -- I danced -- I'm bad -- Happiness is -- A story (featuring Pierre Henry)
Format :
Music CD


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BK:1339 Compact Disc Open Shelf

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The Violent Femmes' first album of new material to be released in the U.S. since 1994's muddled New Times (not counting the 1995 Australian release Rock!!!!!, reissued stateside in 1998), Freak Magnet is a pleasant surprise in its focus and consistency, marking yet another return to the group's folk-punk roots -- the punk side of the equation in particular. Gordon Gano plays electric guitar for much (though not all) of the record, turning in a series of concise, catchy pop nuggets punctuated by a romp through free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler's R&B tune "New Generation." Although Freak Magnet doesn't really break new ground for the Femmes, it's a neat encapsulation of the most effective variations on their signature sound, featuring misfit anthems (the title track, "I'm Bad"), plaintive heartache ballads ("All I Want"), thrashy punk-pop ("Sleepwalkin'," "Mosh Pit"), gospel ("Rejoice and Be Happy"), and folk-pop ("Forbidden"). There's a bit of filler here, but it's agreeable and good-humored, and the memorable moments outweigh it by a wide margin. Freak Magnet isn't really an artistic rebirth for the Femmes, but it is a good, solid album and a welcome return to form. ~ Steve Huey