Monkey Underneath available on October 03 2014 from Amazon for 4.95
UPC bar code 850542001016 ξ1 registered November 17 2014
UPC bar code 850542001016 ξ2 registered October 03 2014
Product category is Audio
Manufacturered by Stm Records
Product weight is 0.21 lbs.
From the bottom up, Monkey Underneath finds dreams and discovery. The Haunting, melodic and epic lyrics weave elements of rock, electronica, trip-hop and industrial. Features the first single 'Breathe'. STM. 2006. Like a kindler, gentler Nine Inch Nails, New York's ism--lower case letters, please--have constructed a debut that's equal parts alternative and industrial. It's also big, bold, and dramatic. Singer/guitarist Andre Mistier, a Yale grad with a degree in comparative mythology, describes the group's inaugural effort as an exploration of "the animal and organic versus the technological and inorganic." (He's joined by Gerard Toriello on guitar, Leigh Battle on bass, and Mike Higgins on drums.) Never fear, the oft-maligned "concept album" tag doesn't apply, but the idea snakes its way through these 10 selections, especially the title track ("We've gone past fire, but not progressed/we’ve made more, but feel less"). Aside from NIN, ism have also been compared to Radiohead, but it's a description that doesn't quite fit. The American quartet exhibits an anthemic quality--a little like Audioslave--which the more elliptical British band doesn't share. Highlights include the soaring single "Breathe" and Pink Floyd-esque "Crazy Dream," which ends Monkey Underneath on a meditative note. --Kathleen C. Fennessy