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Joan Of Arc
In Rape Fantasy And Terror Sex We Trust (Perishable)

By: Cam Lindsay

A shocking title sees this "loose sequel" to So Much Staying Alive And Lovelessness actually rise above its other half. Disappointingly average and straightforward, So Much... failed to whet the appetite for this devoted Joan Of Arc fan. However, the offbeat absurdity of In Rape Fantasy And Terror Sex We Trust makes up for everything. Surprisingly not released on Jade Tree (a first for the band), but on the smaller Perishable, this full-length doesn't revisit the JOA battle with technology, but reveals a menacing Captain Beefheart approach to indie rock. Consistent in mixing melodies with incomplete song structures, In Rape-- builds on the fact that there are 15 musicians playing on the record. Featuring members of Califone, Boas, Chicago Underground Duo and the normal Owls and Owen members, the music has a very communal feel to it instead of the normal Kinsella contribution. Much stronger and possibly their wildest album yet (check out the attempt to recreate Bauhaus' "The Sky's Gone Out" for an example), JOA have rekindled the magic again. A-.
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