So back to independently-released music. Negativland present us with one of the best CD packaging jobs ever, a work of art (I won't even try to explain, just buy this) and one of their most "difficult" listening events yet. It reminds me of the scary "Go to sleep Tommy" tape collage stuff from their third album. Gone are the humorous songs or easy to digest collages. This is powerful, evocative stuff and all the more amazing that no digital editing was employed in its construction. (

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