Sunday, 28 March 2010

AntiProduct - Please Take Your Cash

It’s extremely difficult to tag AntiProduct with a specific genre as they jump from anything such as melodic pop-rock to blistering heavy metal in such quick succession that it takes repeated listens to even notice the transition. Indeed, it’s a testament to AntiProduct’s musical ability that they are able to so seamlessly mix very different styles without it sounding awkward or jarring; ‘Arms Around The World’, for instance, leaps from Green Day pop-punk to a borderline thrash interlude before culminating in an almost nonsensical country breakdown. Whilst the entire album isn’t quite as manically eclectic as this, Please Take Your Cash remains as consistently fun throughout, ranging from up-beat motivators such as the could-be-Andrew W.K. song “Parties All Over The World” to the fantastically demonic cover of “Good Vibrations” – there’s never a dull moment.

Alex Kane’s American-twanged vocals ooze a biting yet tuneful charisma and are brilliantly complimented by the serenely English voice of Clare pproduct, with the rest of the band ably contributing their pipes to add an extra kick to the multi-layered chants. Of particular note is how much better produced the instrumentation of Please Take Your Cash is than on its predecessor Made In U.S.A., with the polished sheen really bringing out the Ramones-esque tendencies of the band. Furthermore, with their debut album Consume and Die... the Rest is All Fun becoming an increasingly difficult find nowadays, Please Take Your Cash also contains re-recordings of a few of the former’s tracks - not the least of which is live-staple ‘Bungee Jumping People Die’, proving itself just as good a track now as it did back in 2000.

Clearly, at the heart of AntiProduct’s Please Take Your Cash is an uplifting amalgamation of a desire for fun and genuine passion for music, both of which are beautifully and skilfully portrayed throughout and possibly best epitomised by surprisingly moving cuts such as ‘Tell Me What You Want’ or ‘When We Find Love’. There is honestly not a weak cut on the entire album and it should more than satisfy who like their rock with some well constructed diversity.

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