My Ruin - _The Horror of Beauty_
(Century Media, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (4 out of 10)
Let's face facts: Tairrie B has always had a craving for fame and the spotlight. Period. Since her early days in Manhole and Tura Satana, her work has always carefully followed every changing trend and nuance in metal, and it should come as no surprise to learn that _The Horror of Beauty_ sheds much of the nu metal swagger that permeated her last few albums, in favor of the increasingly popular bawdiness of garage rock and post hardcore. While musically this is a marginal improvement on the soul-draining torment that was _Blasphemous Girl_, no amount of musical invention would be able to drown out Ms B's relentlessly self-obsessed and tiresome whining. Still regurgitating the same self-styled martyr-like drivel that she always has, Ms B and her bandmates soundtrack fourteen sermons of female insecurity, male chauvinism and Hollywood hypocrisy. While all worthy topics in their own right, there comes a time when enough is enough. And Tairrie -- in your case, I have definitely had enough.

(article published 10/20/2003)


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