In the last issue I reviewed Nerve Generator's tape in Cassette Corner. Well, now they've got their CD out and it's a dandy. This Is 4-Track! was recorded in guitarist James Botha's bedroom on a 4-track PortaStudio using the same methods described in the tape review. Nerve Generator have made a dynamic, crunchy pop record. The two songs from the cassette are here along with ten more, plus a wild "hidden" track at the end. The disc's highlight is "The Death Song," an ambitious and beautiful 4-track masterpiece comprised of several varying sections, including a beautiful flute breakdown. This CD is a great example of what can be done on a 4-track, and a great album regardless of the equipment it was recorded on. ($10.00 [checks payable to James Botha] to Nerve Generator, PO Box 42784, Philadelphia, PA, 19101. E-mail:

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