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Back to Mono

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B009H43YOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Watusi
3. Back To Mono
4. Seven Sermons to the Dead
5. Obey Your Signal Only
6. Man Cannot Flatter Fate
7. Scream
8. Back to Mono (Live)
9. Turn Me On Dead Man Reprise
10. Fire Shall Come
11. Warm Leatherette

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Back To Mono is a return to Boyd Rice's noise roots, and the first new album since 2002's Children Of The Black Sun. Back To Mono's tracklisting encompasses brand new recordings - made with Wes Eisold (Cold Cave), NY producer Bryin Dall (Thee Majesty / Hirsute Pursuit) and long time collaborator Z'ev, alongside unreleased studio and live recordings from the late 70s, plus a cover of The Normal's 'Warm Leatherette', Mute's first release which, explains Rice, is "the best electronic pop song - bar none. I bought that single fifteen minutes before meeting Daniel. And that meeting changed my life." Boyd Rice / NON's first release was what is known as the Black Album (1975). "When I started to compose and perform noise music in the '70s there simply were no other noise groups." As noise became more commonplace, Rice moved into more subtle and complex recordings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Latter day Physical Evidence November 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album shouldn't remind one of Merzbow or any other noise artists as Boyd Rice pre-dates them all. When thinking of noise artists, they should remind you of Boyd Rice. Well, not all of them (i.e.: John Cale in the 60s, John Cage, etc.), but for this particular brand of noise, he does.

In many regards, Back To Mono is the definitive noise album of the year (and perhaps of all time). This is Mr. Rice (a.k.a. NON) returning to his roots. There are two tracks (one live and one unreleased studio) from 1979, which would have fit perfectly on his second LP, Physical Evidence, the same time from which they originate. The remainder of this album, while mainly recorded in 2009 and 2010 and featuring both live and studio material, would also have been been glove fits on that album. But there's a lot more here than a trip down memory lane. Back To Mono is proof positive that not only was Boyd Rice the originator of industrial music, but further, is still the best at it. This album is better than all that has gone before (including Physical Evidence) and that's because Boyd Rice is a better noise artist than before. He set the bar way back when and Back To Mono sets the bar even higher. No one comes close.

The modern material is among his best works. Case in point: Turn Me On, Dead Man, the first track, commences the the album with rhythm; almost a toe-tapper, but quickly is overwhelmed by some of the most magnificent noise/drone music ever committed to disc... clever beyond measure. He is admirably supported by Z'ev on this and the reprise track which comes later on the disc. Actually, there is not so much as one dud contained within and for those who understand this genre of music, it will have a hallowed place on your CD rack.

Again, Boyd Rice invented this kind of music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect noise December 21, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Noise is not for all tastes - nor is Boyd Rice (I'll leave a discussion of his somewhat unorthodox views for a review of one of his books of collected essays). This is not the kind of thing you pop into the CD player around people you know won't "get it" (just as Boyd Rice is someone you should probably never mention to people who won't get his work). If there is one thing that can be said for anything Boyd Rice creates is that it near-universally expresses a raw, genuine abrasiveness that is at odds with the aesthetic goals of peace, harmony and everything else society holds dear. Back to Mono is no exception, as it features some of the most harsh, ear-grindingly beautiful noise imaginable, perfectly expressing Boyd Rice's misanthropic worldview through shouted quotes from Diocletian and finishing off on a surprisingly non-noisey note with a cover of The Normal's Warm Leatherette. All in all this is an album recommended for any fan of Boyd Rice or any connoisseur of harsh, abrasive noise.
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Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
After all these years, Boyd Rice / NoN still puts out some of the most compelling, innovative "noise" music out there. At times equally abrasive and melodic, Back To Mono is made up of old and new tracks spanning the whole of Boyd Rice's career. This is not to say that this is a compilation or hastily thrown together "odds and ends" release. Surprisingly, considering the length of time these tracks cover, the album feels very cohesive. The vinyl release is gorgeous - 180GM white vinyl with spot gloss sleeve. Includes a CD copy.
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