Coma in Algiers
Your Heart Your Body
Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Fri., May 15, 2009
Coma in AlgiersYour Heart Your Body
Coma in Algiers' follow-up to 2007 debut This Is Your Justice was recorded live in studio over the course of a single day. That on-the-spot feel is tangible throughout, which is fitting given that the local quintet's noise-punk isn't the kind that benefits from sonic polish. Opener "Why Why Why" jabs a bit of Pere Ubu angularity; "Come Fall" sounds like Rough Trade circa 1981. From those first two songs, you grasp the era of CIA's influences. Guest vocalist Madison lends "Weg Von Mir" some female angst, as guitarist Johnny Hilbun provides a short, sweet six-string beat down. "Something's Amiss" is the album's only real clunker, and while there's no "Sex With an Invalid" or "Incest Party" this time around, "Trojan Horse" comes closest to full release. The guttural screams and grunts toward the end are amusing, but this time CIA's trying a more nuanced approach to catharsis.