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|Released on 1984|
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|Find it at GEMM|
F unxorcisms, tandrums, tubular glass spilled on the floor, ask from Envy this and nothing more. At its essence is the giddy abyss of abandon posing as a pinnacle of release; the invisible jellyfish that stings at a David Byrne swallows Arto and his Ambitious Lovers whole. There is also some of Andy Partridge’s childish rebellion here, willfully noisy creations like “Crowning Roar” and “Venus Lost Her Shirt” that represent a release of directionless energy. Primed as I am to enjoy oddities, I find a certain measure of satisfaction in letting my ego rage alongside feverish rants like “My Competition,” “Nothings Monstered,” “Cross My Legs” and “Locus Coruleus.” The percussive interludes serve as decompression chambers between the demonic dance tracks, though acclimating to the two won’t prepare you for the impregnable normalcy of “Dora.” The no-wave/funk detuned guitar thing still plays a key part in Lindsay’s music, the Ambitious Lovers apparently showing little ambition for the spotlight. It appears the band softened on subsequent mortal sins (Greed, Lust), so fans of Arto at his most standoffishly strange might do well to start at the beginning with Envy. I’ve always enjoyed the effort since it’s unlike anything else I own, though by the same token it hasn’t prompted me to covet the next two volumes in this sinful trilogy.
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