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Meg Lee Chin
Junkies and Snakes (Invisible Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Industrial has never been more alive than when Meg Lee Chin touches the genre. Turning it around and putting a whole new twist on it, Meg Lee Chin gives the music a dynamic unavailable before her. Imagine if a soul diva with a huge voice grabbed the microphone while the music roared in the background, raging guitars coming on full blast, the drum machine spreading beats like a shotgun blast, and the bass thicker than San Francisco's fog in the morning. That is what Meg Lee Chin does for industrial music.

She can carry a tune, softly belting out the words one minute and then screaming them the next, without falling out of key or losing a beat. Her voice isn't the only weapon here, either. Her ability to create engaging melodies and heavy, impacting beats intertwine, ensuring the songs both drag you in and get you dancing along, while also throwing you on your back and knocking the wind out of you.

EP's usually aren't my thing. They leave you craving so much more, ending the program before you're ready for it to end. Sure, there is the saying, "leave them craving more," and EP's usually do that. But, the good ones, like Meg Lee Chin, leave you craving more, while giving you enough to listen to over and over again without growing increasing tired of the album each time. Meg Lee Chin's full-length was monumental, and so is this re-mix EP. A first for a re-mix EP, too. I'll give this an A+.

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