Mark D - _The Silent Treatment_
(Lunasound Recording, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
At its best sounding almost like what could have been the soundtrack to some booze-drenched Tarantino-like movie, this solo release by the man who's worked as producer and bass player for the Melvins in the past is a strange yet appealing disc. One can often almost picture a small, darkened hotel room with worn-out curtains filtering some of the light from a neon sign shining in the night outside, in the middle of some desert-like American location, and... well, you get the picture, and I'll try to avoid writing a cliche-ridden novel instead of a review. The music on _The Silent Treatment_ can equally sound quite depressed or present you with a bouncy bass line; varied but mostly sombre vocal styles are combined with a heavily distorted guitar sound courtesy of engineer Joe Barresi (Kyuss, Monster Magnet, etc.) and dark atmospheres. Things can indeed go from rather sombre and depressed all the way to groovy stuff, but both are generally well achieved on _The Silent Treatment_; the mixture may not always work entirely well, but despite being a rather excessively long record, the overall result and atmosphere is still reasonably interesting.


(article published 25/10/2000)

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