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Meat Beat Manifesto: 99% [Mute, 1990]
Its relentlessness ineluctable rather than sadistic, its pessimism cut with sardonic whimsy, its multistructures pop enough, its electrobeats funky enough, this is dance-industrial that doesn't just seem like a good idea at the time. Whenever things get too skeletal here comes--well, if not one of the preclimaxes dance rats live for, then maybe a laugh line, a tune, a Horace Silver sample. Never before have synthesizers sounded like a well-tempered sheet-metal shop for a whole album at a time. Play loud. A-