Big Black – Atomizer (1986) 7

Genre: Noise Rock
Rating: 7

Track List:
1. Jordan, Minnesota 3:20
2. Passing Complexion 3:05
3. Big Money 2:30
4. Kerosene 6:05
5. Bad Houses 3:10
6. Fists of Love 4:21
7. Stinking Drunk 3:27
8. Bazooka Joe 4:23
9. Strange Things 3:54
10. Cables (Live) 3:09

Atomizer was an influential album in it’s time. Noise rock with industrial elements deliver small town angst to many young musicians who would later create some of the biggest industrial and noise rock albums to date.

The album contains liner notes that explain the stories behind many of these songs while the CD version removed these notes and replaced it with the following unbiased comment:

“This compact disc, compiled to exploit those of you gullible enough to own the bastardly first generation digital music system, contains all-analog masters. Compact discs are quite durable, this being their only advantage over real music media. You should take every opportunity to scratch them, fingerprint them, and eat egg and bacon sandwiches off them. Don’t worry about their longevity, as Philips will pronounce them obsolete when the next phase of the market-squeezing technology bonanza begins.”

Steve Albini new what was up. The CD is all but dead while vinyl sales have had a huge resurgence.

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