Thursday, September 25, 2008

United Nations - United Nations

Eyeball Records
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Supergroups are pretty hit or miss. The Sound Of Animals Fighting, miss. Broken Social Scene, hit. Asia, according to many, miss. United Nations, according to me, hit.

Where to begin, where to begin? For the Top 20 Albums Released Since 1970 feature, I had to do a brief write-up of Circle Takes The Square's 2004 masterpiece, As The Roots Undo. I think what I wrote there has a lot of application to United Nations' self-titled debut: You will probably hate this album, unless you enjoy loud, abrasive, challenging music. Geoff Rickly of Thursday fame, and Daryl Palumbo of the seminal post-hardcore band Glassjaw (along with some other people who can't be named due to crazy contract issues with large media conglomerates) have come together to make one of 2008's loudest, most abrasive, most challenging, and, above all, most enjoyable albums.

From its controversial cover (which has placed the band's label, Eyeball Records, in some legal hot water) playing off of The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road to songs riffing on Refused ("The Shape Of Punk That Never Came") and the aforementioned Beatles ("Resolution #9" declares that "We all live in a yellow submarine"), United Nations is a scathing critique of American culture and the "underground" music scene.

Loud, abrasive, challenging, sneering, flippant, defiant - you will probably hate this album. But clocking in at a mere 25 minutes, I think you can find enough time to decide for yourself.

Key Tracks: (Click to download)
The Shape Of Punk That Never Came


  1. Kudos to you for your good review... much appriciated. Sidenote: There's no "The" in Refused, just so you know. Just had to comment on that, being Swedish and all... :)

  2. good spot, you're absolutely right (that's why "refused are fucking dead" and "the refused" aren't!), i guess i'm just used to slapping a 'the' in front of everything.


  3. The Sound of Animals Fighting are a "miss"? I'm finished with this blog.