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  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Future Noise Music
  • ASIN: B009LXY9RC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the finest dub tradition, Mark Stewart has returned to his highly-acclaimed The Politics of Envy (FNM 002CD/LP/LTD-CD) album, sonically savaging it into a new monster, suitably-entitled Exorcism of Envy. This album sees Stewart revisit the soundscapes which hotwired the original album as a viciously spot-on aural depiction of our world, re-molding its ingredients with gloves off and intensity levels on overdrive. "I've got this nonchalance that nothing is sacred," declared Stewart; a crucial element in this mission as he deconstructs songs such as "Apocalypse Hotel," "Method to the Madness," "Codex," and "Want," retaining the original essence but sand-blasting them into skull-crushing or soul-challenging new versions. In the style of Jamaican titans like Jack Ruby, he rips out the song's ghost to give it a fresh kicking, taking care to keep the soul alive, often with a new title; "Autonomia" becomes "Attack Dogs," "Gang War" turns into "Mirror Wars" (featuring Xacute), recent single "Stereotype" becomes the electro-yearn of "Sexorcist" and "Vanity Kills" swells into a swarming monolith of electrocuted sonic tendrils. Meanwhile, the previously beat-less version of Bowie's "Letter to Hermione" is amped into "Letter (Full of Tears)" aboard the filthiest funk bass line. "I've deconstructed in the tradition of dub," explains Stewart. "The original dub masters experimented and for me experimentation really matters, crashing in an index of possibilities. It's an expansion of my recent album, stripping it back to a skeletal dub and then burying it in bi-products of our hyper media." The Politics of Envy is a stunning work of gladiatorial proportions, a seething arena of stellar collaborations and deceivingly dislocated backdrops, shot with Stewart's twistedly eloquent observations and manifestos. After spending the last three decades watching his innovations plundered and turned into gold by friends and foes, he coolly returned with his most high profile album to date, re-establishing him as one of the most volcanic creative minds this country has ever produced. Recent single "Stereotype" has shown how Stewart could also make the perfect post-punk pop song over 30 years on. Now he's capping his remarkable year with his most gloriously ferocious statement yet, blowing up the sound system with proper aural anarchy.


"The reality-subverting punk-and-beyond maverick returns with heavy friends." --Mojo

"Mark Stewart changed everything." --Nick Cave

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Cory on February 10, 2013
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This surprise remix LP was released by Stewart in December of 2012, the same year as the Politics of Envy was released. But really, this is an entirely new release, and deserves to be considered on it's own merits.

Stewart's inclination to dirtying up dance music is well known among his followers, but this CD really takes it to a whole new, ear piercing and unnerving level. Stewart somehow manages to magically mangle and meld the original material into something entirely non-derivative, and insodoing, opens a window into the way he works compositionally. For Stewart, it would seem, it is all about choices: when to cut the loop and leave his freaky voice all alone. When to dub out a voice sample from one of his many guests. When to dissect a beat and make it rattle and dance. When to cut in the keyboards (which are too heavy on the original release, but just right on this one). When to use Levine's masterful guitarwork. It is all sprinkled in, with the delicacy of a chef: with artistry and taste.

And sure, Stewart's detractors will find plenty to criticize here. He is not a pretty singer. This is not "clean" production in the traditional sense. It is all grimy, cluttered, paranoid, and angry- as usual. But for those of us who love this guy for making music that somehow mocks and celebrates dance music for over 30 years, now, this disc is a welcome return to the root. There is a Method to the Madness, and the Method is revealed, here. Revel, dear listener.
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The producer and multi-instrumentalist Youth also did a tremendous job on this album. It's like listening to a 21st century update of Adrian Sherwood's craziest productions for On-U Sounds. Mark Stewart and Youth have created a challenging contemporary record, as well as a look back to the Ladbroke Grove days of Public Image, Killing Joke, and Mark Stewart's Maffia when they began deconstructing dub and pushing its elements into unsettling extremes. The list of credits reflects this blend of new and old: the scope of Mark Stewart's career, his early contemporaries, and his admirers. Gina Birch (Raincoats), Tessa Pollitt (Slits), and Penny Rimbaud (Crass) are here, as well as Richard Hell, the filmmaker Kenneth Anger (on theremin!), and members of Primal Scream, Living Colour, Tackhead, and Factory Floor. Not to forget the re-emergence of Keith Levene here and on Mark Stewart's Politics of Envy album. It's interesting that the bassline for "Letter (Full of Tears)" sounds a LOT like Jah Wobble on "Death Disco", and I wonder if that was a deliberate nod or wink at Levene's work with PiL. An astonishing album that incorporates reggae, rap, rock and electronica. If you're not a fan of Mark Stewart as a vocalist, don't hesitate to check out this album because his voice appears in fleeting snippets on these songs (manic, exhortative and paranoid as ever), but his major contribution is behind the scenes, where he and Youth exorcised The Politics of Envy and assembled a successful blend of diverse styles and artists.
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By Bryan Haase on December 8, 2014
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Mark Stewart is greatness and this release is pure Mark Stewart...
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