Sunday, April 29, 2007

Everything, Now! - Bible Universe

$10.99 (list price), Pop, Self-Released

Basic Story: Muncie Indiana’s Crafty and Co. are back with a new concept record, their first full-length release since 2004’s arresting Police!, Police!

Sample: “Becoming the son of several things/ Legs and smells and lewd gesturing/ How you gonna’ tell me to sit down and shut up when/ I’m a fire burning ready to go in.”

Verdict: Bible Universe tells the tale of St. Backbone, a protagonist whose journey begins with death and whose testament is the “holy word” in the salvation and rebirth of life found within Bible Universe. According to his testament, “The end of life will be something like the beginning and you don’t need a doctor to tell you that you’re dead.” Whether you fall for the concept or not, it’s doubtful that you’ll need anyone, let alone a doctor, to tell you how great this album is. Reminiscent of the Flaming Lips at their most psychedelic, Bible Universe is the bands most accomplished and realized effort yet. Crafty’s vocals are better than ever, especially in the epic album closer, ‘The Birth of Ugly Magic.’ Somebody sign these guys already.