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Not A Food

May 11, 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 19, 1996
  • Label: Pravda Records
  • Copyright: (c) 1996 Pravda Records
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  • ASIN: B000R02HRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,522 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is both an unusually focused and unfocused record for this particular group. That is a contradictory statement, yes, but let me explain what I mean. Here, unlike on many of their records, Cheer-Accident mainly stick to one sound and approach on this record, a sort of classic RIO/avant-prog approach mixed with modern (well, 90s) math-rock and noise-rock. That's the focused part. The unfocused part is that there is an unusual amount of filler. This mainly takes the form of simply unnecessary add-ons like the 4 1/2 minute drone/answering machine collage in the opening "Even Has A Half-Life", the 2-minute mock-glitch "remix" of said track, and the "waaaah" transition between "King Cheezamin" and "Grow II" that lasts about a minute that could have been used to fit some more substantial riffs onto the latter.

But, remember the focused part. Cheer-Accident revisited their noisy "Dumb Ask" days after the poppy "Why Album", it seems, and the result is some jagged mathy tuneage that is typically quite impressive. "Even Has A Half-Life" is a really strong opener aside from its middle (which passes fairly quickly anyway, once you know the song) and is full of impressive time changes, "Nutrition" features the infamous 'Helmet riff' that has led some people like a reviewer on this very page to cite quite unfounded comparisons between the two groups (and is a really great song), "30 Seconds of Weightlessness" interjects an interesting post-rock vibe into the mix, and "Ice Cream and Lies" is a well-composed suite of super-intricate riffs bringing to mind perhaps a hypothetical Henry Cow/Don Caballero collab. Therefore, I really couldn't give this any less than four stars, as the complaints I listed above amount to, what, 7 1/2 minutes of music? If you like any kind of prog, math-rock, or absurdist music, you need this.
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Every album these guys make are amazing. That is all you need to know. The more you hear the better off you will be from now on!!!
-Kyle
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By El DZ on March 23, 2000
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Cheer-Accident is a phenomenal ensemble. NOT A FOOD provides a glimpse into the mindset of the band, though the album is not a fair representation of the myriad modes employed throughout their entire body of work. The album is probably best characterized as progressive math-rock metal. While this is a fair characterization, it is not a complete one. For those interested in hearing the band and having a primary preference for post-hardcore math-rock music, this is probably as good a place to start as any. For those having primary prog, pop, or avant-garde preferences, I recommend BABIES SHOULDN'T SMOKE, THE WHY ALBUM, and ENDURING THE AMERICAN DREAM, respectively.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Grady on June 12, 2006
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I'm not quite sure what all the hubub is about this record. This sounds like what Helmet was doing in the late 80's, without the boring forays into "experimental" music. I guess if you haven't heard John Cage, this is pretty "experimental". I guess the "experiment" has been occuring for 70 years now? I guess the hypothesis that the "experiment" is trying to prove is how much trash does it take to bore me?

I just started listening to this band. A friend who knows I like progrock tried to turn me on to them. From what I can tell, they have about 30% interesting music, and 70% filler. They like to use repetition as some sort of artistic statement, but it is an easy way to stretch out a few good ideas. Only art phonies will go for this. Where's the beef? Oh, it's on Henry Cow records.

Comparisons to King Crimson are applicable. They also tend to have a ratio of great:mediocre that is 3:7. Another band that built a career on gimmicks. Cheer-Accident are not able to build a career with this approach.

I heard they are great live, but someone gave me recording of a show they did in St. Louis, and it was pretty much what they play on their records, just rearranged because they can't do overdubs live. It also featured a pathetic attempt to fill up show time with some spoken word performance piece that wasn't funny or cute. Just boring.

Do yourself a favor and get Helmet's "Strap It On", "Meantime", or "Betty" if you want some chunky arrhythmic proggy metal. I can see the point of not having a sound. That's cool. But deviating from math rock into pretentious art-boredome is just wankery. I rarely write this, but you can find better work on major labels. This record is like 1988-era music released in 1996. I don't get it... It's like everyone has heard Helmet.
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