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When I saw that this Johnny Noise LP on Siltbreeze had ten-plus tracks on each side I initially assumed it was going to be some hard-blasting noise punk chaos, but I couldn't have been much more wrong. Johnny Noise actually specialises in a bare-bones lo-fi mumble-rock style with gently strummed hi-gain guitar and hesitant drums and a feeling that any moment it's all just going to fall apart into nothing.
When it doesn't, like on 'Beautiful Eyes', it's quite bewitching, a sinister sort of meandering stalker-soul that plods along with a mystical intent, but then 'Help Me God' which follows it seems almost like a joke, thrashed hi-gain guitar compressed hard over a bass drum and cymbal and some sneery hollering. In places I'm starting to get the feeling that something is mentally not right with Mr Noise, but the lack of clear knowledge one way or they other adds to the mystery.
He seems like one of these unhinged outsider creatives like Russell Hoke crossed with Bill Orcutt crossed with Rich Ristagno, but it's hard to tell if he's just a lo-fi mercurio or a full-blown mental patient like Daniel Johnston or Wesley Willis. Plugging in a guitar and getting on with expressing himself regardless of who's listening. Therein lies the record's appeal but also its Achilles' heel, since by the time you've got through 20 songs of this it does start to feel like a bit of a trudge. It's admirably confusing though, I'll give him that.
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